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Evans, Matthew: Still Life for Ensemble 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Still Life for Ensemble
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    11
  • Year of composition: 
    2015
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (venue): 
    DiMenna Center, New York NY USA
  • First performance (performers): 
    contemporaneous
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Imagine music as a physical object — something you can touch, possibly hold in your hand and look at from every perceivable angle. Now imagine that it also takes on physical properties — it might break, get worn down, or degrade over time. In 2013 I became fascinated with cassette tape manipulation and its ability to physically represent sound. Rather than tracking audio digitally, I would record onto a cassette tape at home, digitize the recording, then pull the tape out of the cassette shell, scratch and stretch the tape until it was nearly destroyed, and then redigitize the recording, eventually overlaying the two recordings on top of one another. The result was a slow phasing of timbral decomposition between the recording and its destructed counterpart. Commissioned by Contemporaneous in 2014, Still Life for Ensemble is both an acoustic manifestation of this experience and an exploration of my obsession with the performance of melodic factorials (a set of pitches performed in all possible permutations).

    The premiere performance of Still Life for Ensemble took place during a New Music USA-funded fifth-anniversary self-portrait concert by the ensemble contemporaneous on March 7, 2015 at the DiMenna Center in New York City. For more information, visit: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/contemporaneous-presents-self-portr...

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
9
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
G alto
Clarinet
1
Bass
Horn (F)
1
Trumpet
1
B-flat
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
2

 

 

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