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for large chamber ensemble

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  7m 30s
Instrumentation:  1*12*0; 1110; 2 perc., harp, piano; 11111

Year:  2002
Duration:  7m 30s
Instrumentation  1*12*0; 1110; 2 perc., harp...

Composer:   Michael Norris

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 5-8

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This piece began life as a sound: a single sound culled from an electroacoustic piece I wrote while studying in London. Through the wonderful process of computer sound analysis, I extracted its component frequencies, and set them as the basis for all the pitches you hear in this piece. But this occurs very much on a background level, setting the scene for freer, more lyrical foreground material in much the same way that the bold brushstrokes and abstract splashes of colour in Monet's Nymphéas murals only take the form of a waterlily when you stand on the other side of the room.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Stroma

Performance history

04 Nov 2002: Performed by Stroma conducted by Hamish McKeich; Marama Hall, Dunedin

06 Sep 2003: Performed by Stroma as part of the Wellington Cathedral Festival of the Arts in Wellington

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