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Cantus was composed for Carla Rees and was premiered by rarescale as part of their 10th anniversary season in 2013. It consists of a free melody based on a scale comprising intervals derived from the first, third, seventh, eleventh and thirteenth tones of the harmonic series. It may be performed as a solo or with accompanying drones.

"Cantus" has a number of meanings in music terminology; the primary meaning I have in mind here is the simplest one, of a melody. There are various variants, but the one that comes closest to what I have in mind in this piece is Cantus simplex planus, which Grove defines as "a simple melody using notes of indefinite value, as in Gregorian chant." There is something chant- or prayer-like about this melody, though as I am a confirmed atheist, I can't say to whom the prayer might be directed.

Details

Year:
2013
Category:
Solo
Publisher:
BMIC / Composer
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Recordings:
Minutes:
8
Total Number of Instruments:
2

Instrumentation

Alto flute
1
Electronics
1
Other instrumentation

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