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A Missing Moon (viola with live electronics)

by Chris Perren (2016)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

A Missing Moon uses delays to create a kind of canon in three parts. The live viola part has two long echoes, which - unlike a typical canon - do not fall in the same place in the bar as the original. The delayed copies are slightly offset rhythmically, allowing them to interlock in complex ways. Small fragments and gestures tesselate with their delayed counterparts, forming melodic runs, arpeggios, and chords.

I was thrilled to be asked by Kieran Welch to compose this piece - a dear friend and an inspiring player - and so it is written with Kieran's musicality in mind. Electronica and post-minimalist influences mingle with an almost architectural construction, allowing the rich tone and timbral range of the instrument to come alive.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Solo viola and delays (max patch available).

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically demanding

Written for: Kieran Welch

First performance: by Kieran Welch — Mar 16. “Dots+Loops: Delay”, Cupo, Brisbane

Performances of this work

6 Jul 2017: at BackStage Music Series - Ensemble Offspring + Hatched (Creative Space 99). Featuring Kieran Welch.

Mar 16: “Dots+Loops: Delay”, Cupo, Brisbane. Featuring Kieran Welch.

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