large mixed chorus (SATB)
saxophone quartet (SATB)
New London Chamber Choir and
Rasscher Saxophone Quartet
November 10 2010
Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
performance requires sound engineer and extra stopwatch monitors for the musicians
This work is currently not available for performance due to commission exclusivities until January 2013
No. 47 Three Studies on Elevation (2010)
For Large Choir, Saxophone Quartet & Sinewaves
Commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music,
for the New London Chamber Choir and the Rasscher Saxophone Quartet
Having spent a good deal of 2010 occupied with the investigation of parallel motion in sinewaves, the Three Studies on Elevation specifically focus on the area of ascending lines. More particularly: how can one insinuate infinite ascent and how can, in particular instances, descent even be observed within ascending motion - like the wheels of a car seemingly moving in opposite motion at certain speeds.
The work consists of three seven-minute movements which are titled, successively: curve (asymmetrically ascending and then descending in the saxes, while the choir intones all possible chords within a four-note gamut); helix (gradually rising over three octaves, originating and terminating at fixed points, and forming harmonic chords towards the center; with, under the proper conditions a very curious psycho-acoustic phenomenon towards the end); and line (ascending 'infinitely' in the sines, with the musicians ascending in terraced scales).
The Choir vocalizes throughout, there is no text; and with the exception of the saxophone parts in curve, there are also no prescribed microtones - all parts proceed chromatically.
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