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Submerged in the Greater Will

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Submerged in the Greater Will
For 2 cellos, choir (in four parts) and sub tone.
Dedicated to Judith Hamman and Tristen Parr.

PROGRAM NOTE
The title refers to one of he challenges of democracy: where notions of individualism are consumed within a greater overarching will. This is played out in the piece, as choir sections mirror and copy each other, and the cello duet blend in and out of the mass of singers.

The score is proportional, with the highest point of the screen being the highest pitch reference, the bottom being the lowest pitch reference. Line thickness indicates dynamic (should be pp – mf). When text is black, it applies to all voices. Coloured text is specific to that part. The electronics are embedded in the score and should be played through one or more subwoofers, using the mini jack line out of an ipad playing the score.

NOTE FOR PERFORMANCE
The majority of my compositions use scores that are read on an iPad tablet computer, using the Decibel ScorePlayer, an application available on the App Store . Any fixed media is embedded in the score, and some feature automated functions. In the case of ensemble works, multiple iPads can be networked on a LAN or over the Internet so parts can be read in a synchronised way. You should upload the score file (ending with.dsz) to your iPad from your computer via AirDrop on an Apple, or cable from a PC. Instructions on how to do this and using the Decibel ScorePlayer, more generally are included in the Application, which ships with five other scores.

Thus my works have different versions of the score, as you may see above. A PDF/PNG file of the score ‘image’, a DSZ file to upload onto the iPad for performance, and for some less complex scores, a video version. Hardcopies are also available from my publisher. You can find out more about the Decibel ScorePlayer, and how to make your own scores for it, here.


PERFORMANCES
Premiered by Tristen Parr, Judith Hamman (cellos), Monash University Singers at the Robert Blackwood Hall, September, 2018.
For eight Part choir: group 1, group 2, group 3, group 4. cello1, cello 2 and electronics.

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