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

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Crossman, Bruce: Garden of Fire 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Garden of Fire
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    17
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2017
  • First performance (venue): 
    Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
  • First performance (performers): 
    Anna Fraser (mezzo), Linda Yim (pno), Claire Edwardes (perc), Simon Killalea (visual mixing), Ian Stevenson (sound diffusion)
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Garden of Fire expresses the sensuality of Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavillion poetry through lucid English translations from Lindy Li Mark and Mandarin as well as the structured sense of revelatory space from the Chinese Gardens in Sydney. The music explores the poetry’s static sense of understated erotic tensions that suddenly strike the senses through nature allusions through inside-the-note vocalizations and operatic vibrato through the mezzo-soprano line, and accentuates the colours through drawing on both traditional Chinese and extended European instrumental techniques in the percussion and piano. The living colour aesthetic from Chinese Confucian thought that underpins the work.

  • Technical specs: 

    Logistics:
    Film, PA system and amplification, instruments
    a.) Film Requirements: Large screen/scrim at back to project onto Large digital projector Plug-in/HDMI connection for laptop to project film Sound system: desk to control volume/mix, or from laptop; high quality PA system i.e. large speakers at front
    b.) Lighting: 1 spot on soprano; atmosphere lights NB to work with filmmaker (minimal lighting to emphasize film)
    c.) PA System: Sound desk to control volume/mix and send lapel microphones to High quality PA system i.e. large speakers at front 1 Lapel microphone for singer (could possible get from WSU) 2 atmosphere microphones for piano & percussion to balance with singer
    d.) Performers: 3 Sconces (lights for stands) and 3 music stands 1 Grand piano Percussion: vibraphone, crotales, kulintang, hi-hat cymbals, 2 Peking Opera gongs [middle, high]
    e.) Staff: 3 technical staff (lighting; video projectionist; sound)

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
3
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
1
Crotales
Vibraphone (F3)
Cymbals
Other
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians
Mezzo(s)
1

 

 

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