Publisher: Roger Zare Music
Duration: 00:06:30
Instrumentation: Two Cellos, or Solo Cello with electronic delay
Year: 2016
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This set of two canons is loosely inspired by the Telemann Canonic Sonatas. These can be played by two cellists, or by one cellist either live with a delay patch, or with prerecorded audio of one of the parts. The first movement, Dirge, contains a slow and sinewy melody supported by a plodding pizzicato accompaniment. Eerie glissandos add to the yearning and melancholic nature of the movement. The second movement, Toccata, is a fast and unrelenting torrent of notes that surges through thin textures, rhythmic hemiolas, and grandiose gestures.