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tag (and release)

for trombone and string quartet

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  2012
Duration:  9m

Composer:   Chris Watson

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Tag: as in the children’s game; the soloist is ‘it’.

Release: a release for the composer (and his performers) from previous modes of engagement with small ensemble music that have almost always required the services of a conductor. In this work perpetual, conventionally written soli are passed between the players. When not playing soli, musicians are reacting loosely to the solo line with a series of gestures; the soloist becomes a conductor of sorts.

Tag and release: from recreational fishing, in the interests of research and conservation.

The work is continuous but divided into three sections.

soli 1-7: introductory (loose) palindrome soli 8-14: suddenly noise-based...gradual re-emergence of pitch soli 18-20: intensification

With thanks to the MCL, the Silo String Quartet, Barrie Webb and Jack Body.

trombone chris watson string quartet tag (and release) composer Silo String Quartet Barrie Webb Jack Body Melbourne Composers League Chris Watson is awesome

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Melbourne Composers League for Barrie Webb and the Silo String Quartet

Dedication note

For Barrie Webb and the Silo String Quartet

Contents note

Single movement

Performance history

09 Dec 2012: Four Colours: Orange