Shadow Work : solo viola
by Christine Pan (2021)
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Shadow Work refers to the process of
uncovering the reasoning behind why we do things that we do. It
is putting in the effort to understand why we have certain
internalised guilt and shame around aspects of our personalities
that we have suppressed and gaining the awareness to learn that
it is ok to be our true authentic selves, unhindered by societal
expectations. This piece aims to sonically illustrate an innocent
child playing on a swing, slowly losing innocence as societal
expectations mould them into someone they are not. The
gestures represents their suppression and
rejection of their authentic self and this stops them from being
able to form genuine connections with other people in later adult
life. The work explores the "shadow tones" that sometimes peaks
through when transitioning from fundamental pitch gestures to
harmonic gestures. The work finishes with the viola gesturally
"swiping away" and "cleansing" themselves of the internalised
societal expectations and guilt, finally allowing the childlike
wonder and the individual's true nature to emerge once more.
This work applies an electroacoustic framework to dictate its overall gestural development and trajectory.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic contours of melody and harmony, careful timbral shifts between specific harmonics, delicate bow control
Commission note: Composed for WASO Composition Project 2021
First performance: by Alex Brogan — 8 Jun 21. Perth Concert Hall, WA
Contribute submitted styles, genres, influences, etc:
Art, psychology, gestural, harmonics
Performances of this work
8 Jun 21: Perth Concert Hall, WA . Featuring Alex Brogan.
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