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Murmur explores the physicality of breath, with whispering and invocations of wailing, sometimes at the threshold of audibility, at other times descending into a moaning chaos. In this piece I experimented with the timbral potential of my violin, developing techniques best suited to express the sounds I imagined, and also discovering new possibilities along the way. The work is dedicated to a much-loved uncle who tragically passed away while I was completing the composition.
Based on the sounds of breath and bow noise, this work is a brilliant introduction to extended techniques.
Composed for the Tasman String Quartet. Awarded first prize in the 2007 New Zealand School of Music Composition Competition.
Dedicated to Vincent Murphy.