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The darkness of silence : big band

by Paul Cutlan (2016)

darkness of silence


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The darkness of silence / Paul Cutlan.

Library shelf no. 784.48/CUT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title alludes to the dangerous vacuum which results when statements by ignorant and bigoted people in positions of power go unchallenged.

The electric guitar is to be prominent in the texture whenever it plays and is intended to have a rock sound - not necessarily distorted, but with a degree of overdrive (if that makes any sense!) The guitar part should be played with a flamboyant, dramatic style, with plenty of vibrato and pitch bending where desired. Although the score stipulates electric bass, double bass is acceptable, providing it can provide an energetic rock sound, balancing with the drums and guitar.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, bass, drums.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Syncopation, chromaticism

Commission note: Commissioned by Divergence Jazz Orchestra with funds provided by Australian Cultural Fund.

First performance: by Yutaro Okuda, Melissa Mony, Loretta Palmeiro, Divergence Jazz Orchestra — 14 Oct 16. Foundry 616, Sydney


The darkness of silence


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

14 Oct 16: Foundry 616, Sydney. Featuring Yutaro Okuda, Melissa Mony, Loretta Palmeiro, Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

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