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Composition 7

for bassoon, piano and electronic sounds

Year:  1973   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1973
Duration:  10m

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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In Composition 7, two main textures predominate. One is concerned with a close synchronisation of the instruments and the electronic sounds, and the other uses sustained sounds in a freer, more open style.

Much of the electronic music is derived from transformations of real bassoon chords which sound particularly sonorous on this double reed instrument, with a rich frequency spectrum present in the pre-recorded multiphonics.

Composition 7 was first performed for Radio New Zealand by Gordon Skinner and Barry Morgan. The electronic sounds were realised in the Electronic Music Studio, Victoria University of Wellington.

Performance history

23 May 1975: Performed by Gordon Skinner (bassoon) and Barry Margan (piano)