Legend of Storm Drumming : for Cello Quartet or Ensemble
by John Nottle (2017)
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Library shelf no. 785.7414/NOT 2 [Available for loan]
Legend of Storm Drumming refers to ancient mythologies in which drumming would be used to encourage the heavens to rain. The work begins with a pizzicato technique called
Bartok pizzicato, or snap pizzicato, to suggest the sound of wooden drums. At bar 3 a chant-like recurring motif is presented in a modal melody, section A. This melody is repeated at ever increasing speeds until a slower section B. Section A then reappears utilizing open 5ths and an increased speed to suggest frenzy and a dramatic storm.
Instrumentation: 4 Cellos.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Cello 1 and 2 require thumb position. Cello 3 and 4 require medium level bow technique.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Sydney Suzuki Cello Choir
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The work has a key signature implying G minor. However it is largely built on the octatonic (half tone/whole tone) scale, and briefly uses the whole tone scale.
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