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At water's birth

for piano trio

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  violin, cello, piano (some preparation required); all performers required to speak

Year:  2008
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  violin, cello, piano (some ...

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At water’s birth is a meditative, ritualistic work, whose sonic palette includes prepared piano sonorities and some vocalising from the players, including whispering, spoken words and whistling.

The pushing out of the boundaries of the conventional instrumental sounds is something I have employed in other works such as the whistling and knocking on the piano lid in small blue for piano and the bell and tamtam playing in Ring True. The meandering sections of the music suggest a relationship with the forces of water, its depth, currents and undercurrents and there is a sense of ritual in some of the chant-like rhythms.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Trio

Text note

Denys Trussell – excerpt from 'Archipelago'