Talas

Fells, N. , Bayly, S. and McNamara, J. (2005) Talas. [Compositions]

Fells, N. , Bayly, S. and McNamara, J. (2005) Talas. [Compositions]

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Talas (2004) is a work for cor anglais and piano, written to explore an uncharacteristic side of the cor's persona; here its normally dark, rich tone is transformed into a quirky, stuttering persona, its lyricism fighting to be heard. Essentially the work is a kind of ‘mashup’ of responses to the music of Charlie Parker and the great Ustad Bismillah Khan, exponent of the Shenai, the Indian oboe. The work is based on a number of talas, or time-cycles (these are synthetic cycles, not traditional Indian ones). Short cycles at the opening give way to much larger cycles for the slower section. The main defining feature of tala is the presence of a rhythmic cycling underpinning musical structure, even if it is not directly heard. The cycle at the opening is heard quite explicitly at first, articulated by the cor and the piano together; in the slower section, the cor line is freer, and the piano's low notes tend to articulate the tala. The cycles are distorted and dilated - once established, they start to drift. The piece was performed at Musica Nova, Glasgow in 2005.

Item Type:Compositions
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fells, Professor Nicolas
Authors: Fells, N., Bayly, S., and McNamara, J.
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Publisher:Musica Nova Festival, University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Nick Fells

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