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for chamber septet and tape

Year:  1987   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  flute, violin, clarinet, cello, piano, synthesiser, percussion and tape

Year:  1987
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  flute, violin, clarinet, ce...

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body

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Jack Body: Interior - AUDIO

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Jack Body: Interior; video

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In 1987 the composer visited China and searched out the music of some of China's so-called minority peoples. Field recordings made on this visit form the core of the work: the instrumental writing is meant as an enchancing backdrop to direct our listening to the 'interior' of the music.

First is heard the long-ge, a three-bladed Jews harp of the Yi nationality (Sichuan province). Next three women of the Miao nationality (Guizhou province) sing a melody of strong character with long notes and leaping intervals further enhanced by the gradual melting into a unison. The words mean "though we die, our songs like mountains, go on forever". Finally we hear an ensemble of lusheng played by youths of the Ge nationality (Guizhou province) accompanying a dance. This six-piped bamboo mouth organ is common in the south of China and is found in various forms throughout Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and parts of Indonesia.

Notes taken from Ritual Auras, Atoll CD (ACD 842)

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Commissioned by the Karlheinz Ensemble with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and the NZ Composers Foundation.

Performance history

03 Aug 1988: Performed by the Karlheinz Company

30 Aug 2015: Stroma | Interiors

Performed by ARC Ensemble, Tokyo

The source material for Interior is revealed, along with Wellington musicians rehearsing the work in this excerpt from the film 'Big Nose' and Body Music

Performed by the Karlheinz Company in July 2011 at the Kenneth Myers Centre, at the University of Auckland.

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