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Save Yourself

for chamber ensemble

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  flute, clarinet, accordion, synth, violin, cello

Year:  2012
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  flute, clarinet, accordion,...

Composer:   Michael Norris

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Save Yourself is a further development of my preoccupation with sonic analogues to visual stimuli. In this work, I imagine a series of monohued “colour fields” which have been overwritten with surface figurations and gestures.

The accordion and melodicas provide the cyclical progression of harmonic fields—subtly coloured by gliding sine tones—whilst the winds and strings provide the aggressive gestural activity. The contrapuntal, textural writing gradually decays into more syncronized figures towards the end of the piece, whilst at the same time developing the noise-based timbres from the very opening.

Commissioned note

Commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Offspring, with funding from Creative New Zealand.

This work was a result of the Trans Tasman Composer Exchange, a residency established by the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ.

Performance history