Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Cheyens : for mixed ensemble

by Iain Grandage (2011)



Add to cart


Cheynes : for mixed ensemble / Iain Grandage.

Library shelf no. 785.3415/GRA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

How is it that empty places or inanimate objects can resonate with visceral stories? What memory of a violent act does an object maintain, even long after the act has been committed?
These were questions I found myself asking after visiting the old Cheynes Beach whaling station near Albany, strewn as it is with long disused machines of the cull. I was reading Tim Winton's 'The Turning' at the time, much of which is set in and around Albany, and which is imbued with similar undercurrents.
Musically, it is built from an all-interval tetrachord, first heard in the opening piano motif. This tetrachord is so-named because all possible intervals (from minor second through to tritone, and by extension their inversions out to major 7ths) are represented within these four notes ( Eb, E, G, A ). This motif in turn reflects not only the harmonic movement and structure of the work, but also forms a basis for the 12 tone row which forms the central section of the work.
But Cheynes at its heart is a meditation on place - of rage within calm, of beauty within iron, of peace within an ocean.

Cheynes is the first of four in a series of Ocean Songs centred around aspects of WA maritime history. It was commissioned for the Fremantle Arts Centre's 2011 soft soft loud chamber music series, made financially possible through Iain Grandage's Emerging Composer Fellowship from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, cello (with delay pedal), piano, percussion (2 players).

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Fused (Musical group)

Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.. Commissioned for the Fremantle Arts Centre’s 2011 soft soft loud chamber music series, made financially possible through the Emerging Composer Fellowship from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust

First performance: by Fused (Musical group) — 10 Mar 11. Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth


Performances of this work

10 Mar 11: Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth. Featuring Fused (Musical group).

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.