University of Hertfordshire

Performance Nottingham University

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2016


This is the first performance of the editorially revised score of 'Cartographies' for saxophone quartet in the Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham University. 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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