Fantasia on a theme of the little ragamuffin (soprano with chamber orchestra)

Davidson, Robert (2012) Fantasia on a theme of the little ragamuffin (soprano with chamber orchestra). Sydney, NSW, Australia, Australian Music Centre.

Author Davidson, Robert
Title Fantasia on a theme of the little ragamuffin (soprano with chamber orchestra)
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Music Centre
Publication date 2012-03-07
Total pages 1 musical score
Language eng
Subject 410101 Music
Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This composition creates an altered time experience by applying a time-stretching process to materials from the Concerto op. 7 no. 7 by Baroque composer Guiseppe Valentini (nicknamed Straccioncino, or "the little ragamuffin"). Each sonority in Valentini's work is extended and used as the basis for a resonant texture of much longer duration than its original context. The result is a dreamlike meditation on the experience of memory and time. It takes ideas from technological developments, such as fast-fourier-transform based time-stretching algorithms for audio and applies them to standard music notation. The work was first performed by The Camerata of St John's at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba on 16 March 2012. Program note: When Camerata of St John’s concertmaster Brendan Joyce put me in touch with Valentini's music, I was immediately attracted to its energy and wit. I wanted to find a new perspective and mood hidden behind the bravura surface. With the burst-of-energy fourth movement of his Concerto op. 7 no. 7 ringing in my ears, I travelled around France and Italy by train in January (2012), on the way to visit a friend in Florence (I had a few days before starting a tour with my ensemble Topology). Not being much of a tourist, I nevertheless found myself passing, on the train's route, through some of the biggest stops on the typical if-it's-Tuesday-this-must-be-Belgium trip. Rather than sightseeing, though, I sat and listened to what was going on in my head; sitting beside St Mark's in Venice, the Duomo in Florence and Notre Dame in Paris, I was hearing a dreamlike, transformed version of Valentini's music; nostalgic, somewhat nebulous, floating and tender.
Keyword Music composition
Postmodern composition
Time stretching
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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