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Dulcet Tones

for violin, cello and piano

Year:  2016   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2016
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Chris Gendall

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Chris Gendall: Dulcet Tones...

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The initial harmonic material for this work was derived from spectral analyses of tuning fork strokes. This small device enables me to realise pitches (internally) while working on a score, and its subtle tone is audible only in close proximity to my ear. I was drawn to this sense of interiority, and to the interesting shifts of timbre between the tuning fork’s attack and resonance.

The title refers both to this sweetness of tone colour, and tangentially to the dulcitone: a Nineteenth-Century keyboard instrument comprised of tuning forks struck by hammers – a precursor to the Fender Rhodes.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by NZTrio with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Dedication note

Dulcet Tones was composed for NZTrio, in whose collaboration I find continual inspiration.