University of Hertfordshire

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London Premiere - Notting Hill Saxophone Festival

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2016


This is the second performance of the editorially revised score of 'Cartographies' for saxophone quartet in the Notting Hill Saxophone Festival, London. It is performed by the leading ensemble, Flotilla.

Originality: 'Cartographies' employs a new conceptual model in its rhythmic design. Instead of additive, metric or free rhythmic constructs, rhythmic structures often employ irregularity over a span of several bars combined with regularity through the repetition of this structure. Hence opening time signatures of: 6:8; 5:8; 4:8; 6:8; 5:8; 4:8 etc. Each bar in the three-bar structure reduces by a quaver (6 to 5 to 4), creating a perceptible intensification of rhythmic energy. This is the rhythmic equivalent of the interdiminishing chordal structures used in the piece 'A New Song.' Stylistically, 'Cartographies' takes further new steps, with post-minimalist cells and textures combined with faster event-change and greater harmonic direction and functionality than previous work in this genre. A redefinition of postminimalism.

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