Spin
flute, bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion (drum set), and prerecorded soundscape

Derek Charke
Composer
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Tape
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
'Spin' is about the idea of disorientation. I imagine those who experience synaesthesia feel this often. A soundscape of spinning bowls accompanies the ensemble. Performers play cyclical patterns on an octatonic (diminished) scale, which itself never resolves. A short melody opens the work, but is intentionally blurred. As the work progresses, a series of short sixteenth note fragments -- each a different length, but same pulse -- erase the downbeat and repeat (spin!) for several minutes until (at last!) the opening melody is heard once more, accompanied by a coda of pointillistic attacks.

Premiere Information:
21/04/2012 Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery Halifax subText: Christoph Both, cello; Derek Charke, flute; Steven Naylor, piano; Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet; and Tom Roach, percussion.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9255 C473sp
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 20, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (10 p.) ; 28 x 43 cm.
    10 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 15
    This piece includes a tape part
    5 parts ([15] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by subText
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