No. 52 Scala I (2012)
Commissioned by: Ensemble Scala, with financial support from the Netherlands Fund for the Performing Arts

Info/Program Note:
Three movements for 31-tone microtonal ensemble. The work consists of one long, self-replicating melody in three parts, which is reiterated three times in a nearly literal form. Each section of the piece explores a different register, based on different combinations of the same basic overtone mode and subtracts or adds values to the initial line; thus expanding or shrinking in its overall duration. The tuning of the piece is based on an overtone series on Bb - running from the fundamental up to about the 27th overtone, with various chromatic alterations and changing pivot points - which is then translated back to the tuning of the 31-tone scale as devised by Anthony Fokker.


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