Songs of Immortal Sleep - for mezzo-soprano, flute/bass flute and 'cello: Trio Atem

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This sets two texts by Edgar Allan Poe in each of the two respective movements. The proportions are unusual: the first being five-minutes in duration, the second being 20 minutes. The work as a whole articulates a single-dramatic arc through a number of compositional devices: saving the simultaneous use of all three instruments until the end of movement two; a gradual move from pizzicato to arco cello and from bass flute to flute; move outwards towards registral extremes; accelerating tempo structure. The second movement employs an innovative isorhythmic structure, whereby the talea includes an internal metric modulation such that it accelerates on each pass.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester
PublisherUniversity of Manchester
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2014
EventTrio ATem - Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester Second performance: St Anne's Church, Manchester, 14 October 2014
Event duration: 14 Feb 2014 → …

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