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Inner Phases

for Chinese instrument ensemble and string quartet

Year:  2013 Instrumentation:  Xiao (箫), Pipa (琵琶), Yangqin (扬琴), Sanxian (三弦), Daruan (⼤大阮), Guzheng (古箏), Soprano Sheng (笙) <p><p>Percussion: bass drum, water gong‡,
, small suspended cymbal (splash cymbal), vibraphone, bowed flexatone Erhu I* (⼆二胡), Erhu II* (⼆二胡) <p><p>Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello

Year:  2013
Instrumentation  Xiao (箫), Pipa (琵琶), Yangqi...

Composer:   Michael Norris

Films, Audio & Samples

Michael Norris: Inner Phase...

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Upbeat interview with Micha...

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1 - 4

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Borrow/Hire:

To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

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Programme note

In Chinese philosophy and cosmology, the Five Phases (Wu Xing) are a taxonomy of the cycles and processes of the natural world. Every phase follows, overcomes or generates another: spring follows winter, wood feeds fire, fire melts metal. The flow of energy from one phase to another can be expansive or destructive.

In Inner Phases, this constant flow of energy is made tangible by the pulse-streams that form between the Western and Chinese instruments, often with a dynamic sliding in pitch that recalls the contours of Chinese tonal speech.

Inner Phases was written with the support of Creative New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington.

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Performance history

17 Dec 2013: Performed by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, in Beijing.

09 Mar 2014: Performed by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington.

11 Mar 2014: Performed by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet at the Aurora Centre, in Christchurch.

13 Mar 2014: Performed by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet at the Gallagher Academy, in Hamilton.

15 Mar 2014: Performed by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre, in Auckland.

Studio recording with The New Zealand String Quartet and the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, in Beijing.

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