Behind the transparent surface

for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello and percussion plus Harry Partch instruments

Mary Bellamy

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Composer Mary Bellamy
Year of Composition 2020
Duration ca.18'
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Catalogue ID ce-mb3btts1

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The idea of transparency underpins many of the sonorities in this piece. Transparency: the physical property whereby light waves can pass through a boundary, such as water, glass or air, without any scattering of the light’s rays. When something is transparent we can see through it clearly to what lies behind.  This simple way in which light interacts with a surface suggested many sonic parallels to me. The clear glass of the cloud chamber bowls provided a focal point, a transparent, resonant surface through which other sonic materials gradually become audible. I chose to use a small selection of Harry Partch instruments and combine these with conventional instruments, both of which at times depict the shadows and reflections of light, becoming increasingly active throughout the piece, and the transparent surface of still and sustained tones. This work is the second piece I have written inspired by artist James Turrell’s light sculptures which explore viewer’s perceptions of light.

Written for Ensemble Musikfabrik. Premiered at Studio des Ensemble Musikfabrik, Cologne 2020.

Audio extract from the live performance given by Ensemble Musikfabrik, conducted by Aaron Cassidy.