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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Beste, Ansgar: Newborn 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Newborn
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    7
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2018
  • First performance (venue): 
    Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The work reflects, both sonically and formally, the evolution of the newborn child, from fertilization to birth.
    After a big initial bang, the musical development starts with nebulous, "neutral", non-rhythmic sound-lava, consisting of continuous distorted sounds and constant repetitive scraping. Gradually, rhythmic cells and motifs appear and evolve into concrete shapes and themes (organs and parts of the body), while the timbre transforms into whistling and fluido sounds as well as into shorter granular and repetitive attacks.
    Finally, single attacks of dry and gong sounds emerge into larger-scale structures forming an increasingly articulated and dense rhythmic texture (complete human being).

  • Technical specs: 

    ISCM WMD 2020 – Technical rider 'Newborn' (Ansgar Beste / Sweden)
    Specification of all equipment that is necessary to perform the work
    Preparation
    All 5 instruments are prepared, with the following objects:
    1. Clarinet in Bb
    - 1 clear vinyl tube, L = 10 cm, D = 13x15 mm.
    - 1 conical drinking glass, LxD (opening) ≈ 10 x 7 cm, slightly filled with water (5-6 cm). - 1 ACME Duck Call, no. 572.
    2. Optional brass instrument
    - 1 plastic slide whistle
    - Several clear vinyl tubes.
    - 1 plastic (medical) syringe + 10 ml of water.
    3. Percussion
    - 1 plastic ruler, LxWxH ≈ 31 x 3 x 0.15 cm.
    - 1 piece of (household) aluminium foil, LxWxH ≈ 20 cm x 20 cm x 0.013 mm.
    4. Piano
    - Approx. 10 large old-style wooden clothespins (1 clothespin per string), LxD ≈ 11 x 1.4
    cm.
    - Approx. 18 insulated metal alligator clips (1 clip per unison group), narrow teeth, L ≈ 5
    cm.
    - Approx. 60 metal blind rivets (1 rivet per unison group), LxD ≈ 4.5 x 0.48 / 4.0 x 0.40 cm.
    - 2 pieces of (household) aluminium foil, LxWxH ≈ 20 cm x 20 cm x 0.013 mm.
    - Optional kind(s) of wooden/plastic wedges.
    - 1 larger conical (plastic) jar, LxD (opening) ≈ 20 x 11 cm.
    5. Optional bowed string instrument - Large plastic plug.
    - Bamboo knitting needle.
    All preparation and playing objects can be delivered by the composer for the performance. All objects are tested and do not harm the instruments.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians1st player2nd player
Clarinet
1
B-flat
Trumpet
1
B-flat
MusiciansInstruments
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Viola
1

 

 

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