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Petals

The study of new directions

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What is the context of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics"? (Who-What-Where-How-Why-When) WHO: Kaija Saariaho WHAT: Spectral Soundscape WHERE: Bremen HOW: Solo cello, reverb and harmonizer WHY: Exploration of sonic range and new timbres WHEN: 1988
Describe the melody of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [4] Chromatic scale like passages overlapping beats (stave 4 to stave 7) Upwards idea developed sequentially (stave 10) Falling modal/ scalic idea (stave 10.9 to stave 11.6) Beginning and concluding on low C (stave 17 to stave 27)
Describe the harmony of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [4] Rich series of overtones above the notated F (stave 1) Sounds generated in gestures vary throughout Simultaneous timbres or horizontal harmony (stave 17 to stave 27) Largely absent all in all
Describe the tonality of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [3] Repeated low C (stave 17 to stave 27) Certain dyads (stave 9, stave 16) Largely atonal throughout
Describe the rhythm of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [5] Notated tempo are slow Lento sections have no pulse Dectuplets (stave 4 to stave 7) Syncopations within septuplets/quintuplets interrupted by pauses (stave 10 to stave 13) Grace notes (stave 21, stave 22)
Describe the texture of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [4] Ambiguous monophony from F to G (stave 1 to stave 3) Straightforward monophony (stave 4 to stave 7) Two part textures (section 3, section 5, section 7) Pedal or drone textures (section 3, section 5)
Describe the electronics of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [4] Dynamic hairpins Reverberation max 50% Harmonization max 50% Amplification
Describe the instrumentation of "Petals For Cello Solo And Optional Electronics" [4] Glissandi (stave 17 to stave 30)
Wider Listening: "Book Of Mirrors" from "Platonic ID" by Rozalie Hirs [6] Melody: Trill motifs are common Timbre: Pizzicato and scratching chimes Dynamics: Varied with swelling crescendos Rhythm: Mixture of quick and slow movements Texture: Sudden pauses with changes Sonority: Woodwind, strings and offset tuba
Wider Listening: "Movement Two" from "String Quartet Number Three" by Brain Ferneyhough [6] Melody: Variations in pitch Timbre: Scratches on lower pitches Dynamics: Consistent sudden changes Rhythm: Obstacle course of rapid tuplets Texture: Additive throughout from monophony Sonority: String harmonics with and without mutes
Wider Listening: "Dry Mountain Stream" from "Six Japanese Gardens For Percussion" by Kaija Saariaho [6] Melody: Unpitched conjunct motion Timbre: Cowbell like raindrop sounds Dynamics: Predominantly bold Rhythm: Ongoing quavers Texture: Sizzling dense timpani Sonority: Tam tam begins the groove
Wider Listening: "Cello Solo" from "Lumiere Lent" by Michael Seltenreich [6] Melody: Progression down to a low F Timbre: Tremolo widens ambience Dynamics: Frequent occurrences of crescendos and diminuendos Rhythm: Few sustained sections Texture: Dyads near the end Sonority: Fast bowing followed by pizzicato ending
Created by: 13hored
 

 



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