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

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Hsieh, Annie Hui-Hsin: In Talentum of Light 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    In Talentum of Light
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    10
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2016
  • First performance (venue): 
    Adelaide Town Hall
  • First performance (performers): 
    Adelaide Symphony Orchestra cond .Ilan Volkov
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Essentially, this is a musical expression of what happens when a piece of precious stone
    is examined under the penetration of a radiant light from different angles. The word
    Talentum was an unit of weight used in old Babylonians, Assyrians, Romans and
    Greeks. It also is a the word that later developed to become talent - a word that
    describes an individual’s special gift in some pursuit, given at birth. In further exploring
    the dissonance between the origin of the word and what it is known nowadays, the title
    of the work, In Talentum of Light expresses a scenario where an object’s worth is
    determined by how it accommodates and reacts to the examination of light and its
    inherent colors - the frequencies that vibrate so violently within itself.
    The ability to let the light penetrate through validates the object’s ability to reflect and
    refract portions of the expectation that the light insists, is what would make one a
    worthy commodity in the public eye.
    A substantial amount of the musical elements weights on the sound world provided by
    the various percussion instruments used here - the standard ones, and the auxiliary
    glass objects. For me, the combination of these timbres represents the purity and
    precision that is light, through the spatial arrangement of the musicians around the
    concert venue, these razor beams of sound permeates through the object that is
    composited with the stacked multiphonic sonority of the woodwinds, gradually
    crumbles, disintegrates and shatters it into disjointed pieces.
    Scattered everywhere, it glistens patiently and, peacefully, air-born, at last.

  • Technical specs: 

    The technical aspects for the performance of the work address two elements:
    Instrumentation (orchestra division and auxiliary instruments), and spatial arrangement
    of the subset of the brass ensemble.
    1. Instrumentation
    1 Piccolo
    2 Flutes
    2 Oboe
    1 English Horn (in F)
    3 Clarinet
    - 1ST in Bb
    - 2nd in Eb
    - 3rd bass clarinet in Bb
    2 Bassoon
    1 Contrabassoon
    Brass Ensemble 1 (on stage)
    2 Horns in F (1, 2)
    1 Trumpet in C (1)
    1 Tenor trombone (1)
    1 Bass Trombone (3)
    Brass Ensemble 2 (spatialized)
    2 Horns in F (3, 4)
    *also play bowed crotales Eb and Bb
    2 Trumpet in C (2, 3)
    1 Tenor trombone (2)
    *also play bowed cake dome
    1 Tuba
    *also play bowed cake dome
    2 timpani (C, Bb)
    - C- drum prepared with 4 small-medium Tibetan/temple bowls
    - Bb-drum prepared with one large triangle
    Percussion (2 players)
    - Player 1
    Triangles x 3 (Large, Medium, Small)

    Large Cake Dome (the cover of a cake stand, like pictured below)
    Crotales (C4-C5)
    Vibraphone
    Metallic Tree:
    - Cymbals x 4 (10’, 17’, 22’, 24’)
    - Bell Plate (medium)
    Bass drum (with optional one extra large triangle to be placed on the surface of the
    drum, or can be taken from the established setup)
    - Player 2
    Glass stand:
    - 3 wine/beer bottles (empty, all labels on the bottles removed)
    - Large Cake Dome (could be either identical to Perc. 1, or not)
    Tuned wine glasses (to C5 and Eb5)
    Vibraphone
    Glockenspiel
    1 Harp
    Strings
    Violin I (1,2,3,4,5,6)
    Violin II (7,8,9,10,*11,*12)
    Violin III (1,2,3,4,5)
    Violin Iv (6,7,8,*9,*10)
    Viola I (1,2,3,*4)
    Viola II (5,6,7,*8)
    Cello I (1,2,*3)
    Cello II (4,5,*6)
    Double Bass I (1,2,3)
    Double Bass II (*4,*5, with C-extension)
    * also play bowed wine glasses

    2. Spatial arrangement (originally devised for the Adelaide Town Hall, in Adelaide,
    Australia, the venue at which the work was premiered)

    See image in uploaded PDF file Technical Rider.pdf, also in score.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
66
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
Piccolo
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe d'amore
Clarinet
3
E-flat soprano
Contrabass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Bass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Crotales
Glockenspiel
Vibraphone (F3)
Vibraphone (C3)
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Other
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
22
Viola
8
Cello
6
Double Bass
4
4-string
5-string

 

 

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