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a golden string : for treble solo and mixed, spatialised voices

by Chris Williams (2012)

Work Overview

The entire piece stems from a single melodic line (the golden thread), and this dictates the structure of the rest of the piece. Instigated by the solo treble, or soprano, this line is transformed into an enormous, synthetic echo around the space in an intricate, ever increasing canon.

The piece has been written in such a way to facilitate numerous interpretations and variable ensembles. Suggested timings are offered, however, the length of 'unmeasured' aspects of the score should be adjusted to suit the individual performance as they will depend on the number of singers, size of the space, and desired length of the performance. While the process of development is strictly indicated, its length may vary, as needed. Alterations of duration lengths and cues are left to the best discretion of the performers.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Treble solo and mixed, spatialised voices (or soprano solo and SATB Choir).

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The musical material is simple, but its execution and the coordination of the ensemble requires confident performers

First performance: by Philharmonia Voices, Aidan Oliver — 27 Nov 12. St.James, Piccadilly, London.

Text by William Blake.

Winner of the Blake Society’s Tithe Grant, 2012.

Performances of this work

12 Aug 2018: at The Unveiling of William Blake's Gravestone (Bunhill Fields). Featuring Sansara Choir.

18 Jan 2015: at Inspired by Blake launch event (Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford, UK)). Featuring Schola Cantorum.

5 Oct 2013: at Guiding Lights (York Unitarian Chapel (York, UK)). Featuring Manchester Chamber Choir.

27 Nov 12: St.James, Piccadilly, London.. Featuring Philharmonia Voices, Aidan Oliver.

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