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Shadow Work : solo viola

by Christine Pan (2021)

Shadow Work


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Shadow Work : solo viola / Christine Pan.

Library shelf no. 787.3/PAN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Shadow Work refers to the process of uncovering the reasoning behind why we do things that we do. It is putting in the effort to understand why we have certain internalised guilt and shame around aspects of our personalities that we have suppressed and gaining the awareness to learn that it is ok to be our true authentic selves, unhindered by societal expectations. This piece aims to sonically illustrate an innocent child playing on a swing, slowly losing innocence as societal expectations mould them into someone they are not. The granular jete gestures represents their suppression and rejection of their authentic self and this stops them from being able to form genuine connections with other people in later adult life. The work explores the "shadow tones" that sometimes peaks through when transitioning from fundamental pitch gestures to harmonic gestures. The work finishes with the viola gesturally "swiping away" and "cleansing" themselves of the internalised societal expectations and guilt, finally allowing the childlike wonder and the individual's true nature to emerge once more.

This work applies an electroacoustic framework to dictate its overall gestural development and trajectory.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic contours of melody and harmony, careful timbral shifts between specific harmonics, delicate bow control

Commission note: Composed for WASO Composition Project 2021

First performance: by Alex Brogan — 8 Jun 21. Perth Concert Hall, WA

Contribute submitted styles, genres, influences, etc:
Art, psychology, gestural, harmonics

Performances of this work

8 Jun 21: Perth Concert Hall, WA . Featuring Alex Brogan.

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