Space, Is Anybody Out There? : A work for solo violin, morse code and tape
by Cathy Applegate (2018)
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The work is inspired by sounds from space collected by NASA -
these are incorporated into the backing tape. The rhythm of the
piece is taken from the morse code derived from the text "Hello?
Is anybody out there? Cooee! Hello? Cooee! Is anybody out
Morse code has very strict rules for the number of beats per dot, dash, and the gaps between letters and words. The work follows this faithfully and each letter has it's own bar and motif. The middle section is freer before returning to the dot-dash rhythm. The performance starts with a short introduction by the tape that includes a dramatic statement in morse code before the violin enters.
Instrumentation: Violin, backing tape (electronics).
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging; range includes very high notes.
Written for: Monica Naselow
Commission note: Commissioned by the Darwin Festival 2018.
First performance: by Monica Naselow — 12 Aug 18. Browns Mart Theatre , Darwin, NT
This work explores new ideas and uses the violin in an exploratory fashion - but is very accessible to any audience.
Performances of this work
12 Aug 18: Browns Mart Theatre , Darwin, NT. Featuring Monica Naselow.
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