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Spinning Colours | Faded Time

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Piano Quartet
2021
8 min.

Cello

Piano

Viola

Violin

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Program Notes
Spinning Colours | Faded Time was written for the Trio Northumbria for the 2021 RMA Conference held at Newcastle University. The piece explores the ways that musical expressions of colour interact with musical renderings of Laban's eight efforts. Each gesture and colour has an associated weight, energy, and speed, creating interesting relationships between the instruments and their respective sonorities. The first half of the piece explores the slow Laban efforts: float, glide, wring, and press. The second half engages with the gestural efforts: flick, slash, dab, and punch, before the material disintegrates in the pure harmonics, seemingly ever longer each time.
Ensemble Name
Trio Northumbria