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Pulse • Heart • Beat : for chamber orchestra

by Paul Stanhope (1998, this version: 2010)

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performed by Sonic Art Ensemble
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Work Overview

Pulse • Heart • Beat is a short, exhuberant work for chamber orchestra or mixed instrumental ensemble that explores the notions of pulse manifesting as both pitch and rhythm.

The piece opens like a machine snorting and grunting and eventually kicking in. After the initial dark texture with machine-like low pulses and high unison lines, the piece gradually rises in register, letting in
more light through a series of process-driven episodes. Once the piece reaches its highest register, a new section begins, which sounds not dissimilar to a CD player with a skipping problem or a bass guitar riff gone mad. Here a flamboyant Jimi Hendrix inspired violin solo takes over, hurtling the piece back towards the unison texture of the opening material.

Work Details

Year: 1998, this version: 2010

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, contra-bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion (1 player), piano, violin(s), viola(s), cello(s), double bass. (This works best with small groups of strings (e.g. 4 vlns, 3 vlas, 2 vlc) if available, but equally may be performed with single strings).

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Originally titled Throb, and later Throbbing.

Revised and retitled in 2015.

Original version Throb performed by the WASO C20th ensemble performed as part of the ABC Classic FM Young Composer Award in May 1998.


Performances of this work

14 Sep 2019: at Momentum Ensemble (Trackdown Scoring Stage, The Entertainment Quarter). Featuring Daniel Carter, Momentum Ensemble.

26 Mar 2016: at Four Winds: Sound Shell Saturday (Four Winds Sound Shell).

12 Jan 11: National Music Camp All Stars (Australian Youth Orchestra), Adelaide. Featuring Edwin Outwater.

10 Sep 2010: at Throbbing (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring SCM Modern Music Ensemble, Anthony Clarke.

17 Aug 05: Bangalow Festival, Bangalow, NSW. Featuring Collusion.

Jul 05: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Sonic Art Ensemble.

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