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Black Sand

for mixed chamber ensemble

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, violin I, violin II, violin III, viola, cello

Year:  2010
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  flute, oboe, clarinet in B ...

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Black Sand began as an investigation of possible cello sounds and their variations, which I composed into a solo line using a devised compositional system, balancing initial conscious choices with chance elements. I also utilised an aleatory process to generate material for the rest of the ensemble by treating the possible gestural fragments in a number of categories (dynamics, articulation, instrumental technique, and orchestration). Underpinned by a rotational pitch structure, and due to the severe limitation on pitch and sonority, Black Sand unfolds as a bare and very atmospheric piece.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by The Riot Ensemble

Performance history

21 Oct 2010: Performed by The Riot Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London.