In Warmer Seasons

composition for for soprano, flute, and guitar





In Warmer Seasons


10 minutes for Soprano, Flute, and Guitar



programme note:



In Warmer Seasons proposes that individual trajectories between the parts of the ensemble can form an ecological whole. Here, three musicians play parts which occupy distinct process-trajectories developing at their own individual rates. Despite a shared eight-minute duration, meter, conductor, or other ensemble-wide time standard used in the piece. Instead, each player follows their own variable time standard as delivered by a click track, and they play in response to the changing skin of the experienced moment. Coincidental but nontrivial interactions result from a design logic applied on the scale of the individual parts. This approach gives preference to the ongoing process of surprise and discovery through direct aural experience on the part of both performers and audience, over a desire for perfection of an abstract musical idea or structure. Similar sentiment is celebrated by Lucretius inOn the Nature of Things: "Nothing in the body is made in order that we may use it.What happens to exist is the cause of its use.”

In Warmer Seasons was written for tracensemble, who were guest artists at the University last year.


tracesemble is a trio of musicians, performing in this piece as soprano voice (Peyee Chen), c-flute


(Alba Bru), and nylon string guitar (Diego Castro Magas). Each musician additionally performed


with a small wooden percussion instrument. The piece is ten minutes long. Musicians read from


the provided parts, and rely on the provided click tracks for temporal orientation as delivered via


headphones. Each part exists, for the performer, independently of the others. There is no score


used for this piece, only the parts here provided.



a video from the first performance should appear somewhere on this page.


St Pauls Hall, Huddersfield, March 17, 2016:


Some listeners might be interested in the sung text:



the car was recovered


as beach-goers,


finishing formalities before fading away


having been warned



oh my!


jump toward the moon in warmer seasons


god,


stay away from the coast


we don't want you


here



salty channels run into craters and canyons


during comes with having form and being



high tide for nineteen years


formalities


jump up and down


run into craters and canyons



beachgoers are being warned to stay far away before fading


as conditions formalize



teenage girls


running into canyons and craters


exclaim "oh my god!"


and exclaim


"warm seasons affect the weather"


beach-goers therefore jump up and down


causing high tides



in coastal canyons, fading


before conditions cool


jump up and down


exclaim



once he had gone the supermoon caused the highest tides anyone had seen for nineteen years



on the moon


or on


mars


where water flows


from beneath


from canyons



it was recovered


but the van had to wait


for warmer winds


teen age canyons


fade before conditions


cool and formalize


into craters


jump up and down


highest tides


the car was recovered


but the van must wait


until the tide recedes


during warmer seasons


the moon conditions


beach-goers


who are warned not to go out



salty crater, before fading away


wait for warmer seasons



on the coast and lacking any formaility the moon conditions teenage tides


and on mars salty channels form during warms seasons before exclaiming oh my



salty channels become coastal plains during warmer seasons


running down craters and canyons



super moon


causes


super high tides


teenagers exclaim


oh my god



beach-goers must wait


for the tide



the moon conditions


oh my god


the teenagers exclaimed


finish the formalities


before fading away



having been warned,


jump to the moon



until the water recedes


you will have to wait



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