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for soprano, piano, and electronic playback

Year:  2014   ·  Duration:  21m

Year:  2014
Duration:  21m

Composer:   Warwick Blair


Etuden is based on memory. I grew up in a household where Chopin was very important. Seven of Chopin's Etudes forms the basis to my latest work. The whole of an Etude is electronically played both forwards and backwards at very soft volume at the same time, while small cells are played by a 'live' pianist.

The soprano sings very long lines, using texts by Billie Holiday.

Electronic 'pad-like' sounds help to blur the effect also.

Contents note

Stormy Blues (part one)
Tell Me More and More (part one)
Long Gone Blues
Billie's Blues
Fine and Mellow
Tell Me More and More (part two)
Stormy Blues (part two)

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