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The Return of Takhi, the last Feral Horse
ISMN : 979-0-2325-1650-9
TITLE: The Return of Takhi, the last Feral Horse
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 89 (2014)
INSTRUMENTATION: bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, voice
DURATION (APPROX): 9’00
NOTE1: Dedicated to Loadbang
PREMIERE: 2016_05_02, The National Opera Center (NYC) by Loadbang
The 2nd performance was on 2016_06_08 by Loadbang during the 2016 China-ASEAN Music Week at the Guangxi Arts University Concert Hall, in Nanning, China. Their participation was made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Return of Takhi, the last Feral Horse represents the sounds of the central Asian Steppe.
The ancient Mongolian poem, čaγan aγulan (White Mountains), a reflection on nature and mankind, is shared by the entire ensemble.
Multidimensional networks of simultaneous and multiple strata were established to exploit the nonlinear dynamics of each instrument/voice. Radical manipulation of sound production is required by all performers to produce both homophonic and contrapuntal complexes within a single face.
The sounds of the Central Asian Steppe – the sounds you might hear on the open plains from large mammals to small birds were analyzed through spectral analyses. In Takhi, I use both literal and metaphorical transcriptions of nonhuman vocalizations, referencing the hunting and foraging calls of large mammals.
Male voice (unspecified)
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