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The Heart has Narrow Banks

for clarinet, digital delay and projected video

Year:  1990   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  Clarinettist required to sing

Year:  1990
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  Clarinettist required to sing

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

Sample: First system of page 1

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'The Heart Has Narrow Banks' arose from a morbid fascination with my own irregular heartbeat. Both video and music take their rhythm from the Emily Dickinson poem; the images are a collage of the text, 18th century anatomical engravings and photos from the inner body while the last stanza is sung to my own pulse. 'The Heart has narrow Banks It measures like the Sea In mighty - unremitting Bass And Blue Monotony Till Hurricane bisect And as itself discerns Its insufficient Area The Heart convulsive learns' - Emily Dickinson

Text note

Text by Emily Dickinson

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