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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Latimer, Ryan: Moby Dick 



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  • Program notes: 

    MOBY DICK – PROGRAMME NOTES It seems obvious to say that this work was at least to some degree influenced by Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel, Moby-Dick – though it is not an earnest attempt at a musical representation of the narrative itself or its themes. Rather, the composition draws upon particular structural and stylistic traits within the novel that I found interesting and that in some way resonated with my own compositional preoccupations. Structurally, the novel has a clearly linear and progressive narrative. It is quite literally a voyage with a deliberate destination and goal, to pursue and overcome the brutally destructive monster, Moby- Dick. However, since the story is in essence a parable, the characters are very clearly stylised, each possessing a single distilled human characteristic – the innocent orphan, the vengeful captain, the stoic elder. It was this relationship between the gradually unfolding narrative underpinning the novel and the dramatically delineated character types that I wanted to capture in my own work; though admittedly much more playfully. Throughout the composition there are a number of conflicting musical materials, each of which are clearly characterised and although often energetic, are essentially non-developmental. These are deliberately, and at times quite harshly, juxtaposed against one another. However, using compositional devices that are perhaps more suggestive of traditional notions of musical narrative or development, devices such as functional harmonic progressions, melody, cadence and variation, there are particular layers to the work which are intended to add threads of continuity amidst the otherwise chaotic surface.




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