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damped

for violin and cello

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Specifications
Region
North America (Canada - USA)
Estimated Duration
6 - 10min
Date
2019

ISMN : 979-0-2325-4495-3

Notes on this piece
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This piece began with the notion of a damped harmonic oscillator. At the very beginning, it was truly the visual representation of a damped harmonic oscillator that got my attention: a sine wave that continues to compress until it's nothing at all. This became musically abstracted with the interplay of the violin and cello pitch contours in the first section of the piece. However, I began to think about what damping could really mean, musically speaking. The idea that most consumed me while composing was the application of bow overpressure, which threads the piece together. The last section of the piece mimics the cycling and crunching effect of a damped harmonic oscillator. The material builds until at the very end it becomes so high in frequency that it essentially calls for the musician's fingers to "push" their bows off the strings and onto the bridge, such that sound becomes so high that it is, metaphorically speaking, "no longer heard."
Instrumentation
Violin
Cello
Recording
Recording of soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain Jean-Marie Conquer and Pierre Strauch
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 20


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