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Monody : for piano and live electronic modulation

by Roger Smalley (1972)

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Performance by Adam Pinto, Christopher Tonkin from the CD Transformation

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Monody : for piano and live electronic modulation / Roger Smalley.

Library shelf no. Q 786.2/SMA 4 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Monody was composed between October 1971 and February 1972. It is the first piece in which the technique of ring-modulation plays a structural, as opposed to colouristic and decorative, role. This is achieved by restricting the piano part to a single monodic line throughout. Thus only one set of addition and difference tones is produced and their frequencies can be exactly predicted. The pianist controls the frequency of the sine-wave generator by means of a small keyboard which he plays with his left hand. In addition, two drums and four triangles are used to reinforce the lowest and highest difference tones.

Work Details

Year: 1972

Instrumentation: Piano, synthesizer, percussion (1 player plays all instruments).

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Martin Kingsbury.

First performance: by Roger Smalley — 4 Mar 72. St. James' Smith Square, London.

Performances of this work

17 Mar 2017: at Largely Smalley (Callaway Music Auditorium). Featuring Adam Pinto, Christopher Tonkin.

7 Jun 2016: at Intermodulations by Decibel (Studio Underground). Featuring Decibel New Music.

4 Mar 72: St. James' Smith Square, London.. Featuring Roger Smalley.

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