When we speak (cello with pre-recorded sound)
by Lisa Cheney (2016)
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When We Speak for solo cello and electroacoustic track seeks to comment on broader issues surrounding gender inequality and these considerations on my compositional practice. Throughout the work the interweaving of many 'voices' is present in: my own musical language, the music and speech of respected Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, the expression of the live cellist and their own literal voice. This, at times semi-improvised cello part, weaves its way through an atmospheric soundscape challenging and questioning the role of the live musician to blend in, fight against or rise above the sound world. The accompanying recorded musical sounds are extracted from Saariaho's own compositions, with special weight placed upon manipulated excerpts from the solo cello work Sept Papillons.
Instrumentation: Solo cello, fixed electroacoustic track (requires a stopwatch/phone or app to assist with time keeping).
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Includes improvised 'musical response' passages based on given musical material.
Commission note: Commissioned by Samantha Wolf.. Commissioned for the ‘This Will Be Our Reply’ 2016 International Women’s Day Concert.
First performance: by Gemma Tomlinson — 6 Mar 16. Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, VIC
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Saariaho, gender, feminism
Revised in 2017.
Awards & Prizes
|2018||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Finalist||Lisa Cheney|
Resonate article: 2018 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
When we speak
Performances of this work
21 Jun 2019: at Kontiki Racket (Paddington Town Hall).
4 Dec 2017: at Hilary Kleinig - Australian works for cello & electronics (Wheatsheaf Hotel). Featuring Hilary Kleinig.
9 Sep 2017: at She Speaks: Voice of Home (National Gallery of Victoria - The Ian Potter Centre).
6 Mar 16: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, VIC. Featuring Gemma Tomlinson.
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