This post is a bit of a catchup with what has happened so far before the more frequent updates.
We decided on the length of the piece (about 15-20 mins) and that it would more than likely be multiple movements rather than one long one. I’ve always wanted to use instrument and electronics but have never felt I had the knowledge and the opportunity to but I feel I am better equipped now. Though the idea of doing it was rather imposing.
I suggested to Lydia to have a look over my piece for solo cello ‘41111’ to get an idea of my style and also to have a listen to Kaija Saariaho’s solo cello music.
The logic for this suggestion was she has written a piece for solo cello and electronics Prés (Petals) and others for solo cello such as Sept Papillons. Both these pieces I feel are amazing pieces but also have been notated exceptionally clearly (a feeling shared by another cellist I know) and use extended techniques (though can they really be called extended any more?) artistically, because of this I have made the decision to use Saariaho’s scores as a textbook for cello notation.
We agreed upon a timescale with the electronics being ready for the first week back after Christmas to try ideas out, by week 4 (around 1st feb) the piece should be almost ready at least in draft form.
After having had a look over 41111 Lydia said she liked certain sections and techniques used, specifically the opening, the strumming, the cello body tap and the humming.
Embedded in this post is the score to 41111. As a side note this piece is being played in Dublin’s National Concert hall on 23rd February.