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Canzona per sonare: Degraded Echoes

for recorder and string quartet

Year:  2013   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  Ganassi soprano recorder, 2 violins, viola, cello

Year:  2013
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  Ganassi soprano recorder, 2...

Composer:   Philip Brownlee

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Much of the music is derived from a motet by Giovanni Gabrieli: Dominus Deus Meus à 6, C127. This material is dispersed, like grains of sand carried by the wind, strewn at varying distances from their origin. For most of the piece, the instrumental parts do not share a metrical grid, but are adrift in a semi-improvised rhythmic space. The music attempts to balance its focus between the persistent harmonic traces of the motet, and a foreground made up of the grainy physical details of the instrumental sounds.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Stroma, with funding from Creative New Zealand

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