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Murmurs, whispers...

for violin and viola

Year:  2020   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  2020
Duration:  12m

Composer:   Nathaniel Otley

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Sample Score

Sample: first 3 pages of score

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Murmurs, whispers... is a work that explores the way proximity and relativity affects our experience of sound. The inspiration for this work comes from the way a whisper contains many higher partials that can be excruciating to the human ear up close but quickly dissipates as the whisper is placed further and further away from our ear. Murmurs, almost in the opposite way to whispers, are more noticeable as sound from a distance but are often harder to distinguish as words when up close. In this work the distinction between these two ideas is often interwoven and blurred creating a moving and amorphous texture.

Dedication note

for Mark Menzies

Performance history