Nico Muhly: Clear Music

Books | Cello, Harp, Celeste

Publisher: St Rose
Composer: Nico Muhly
Format: Sheet Music | Score and Parts
Written for cello, harp and celeste.

Clear Music (after John Taverner) was written at the request of the cellist Wendy Law during the summer of 2002. Clear Music is an extended exploration of a single measure in John Taverner’s (1490–1545) motet Mater Christi Sanctissima. What I attempted to do in Clear Music was to suspend this measure for as long as I could imagine in a single texture: the bright clarity of the celeste and harp. As in the Taverner, I have structured Clear Music into a series of peaks featuring the highest registers of the treble voice—here, the cello. I remember very vividly performing this piece and being struck by how distant the treble was from the other voices - sometimes, there are spaces of over an octave between the treble and the alto - and I attempted to recreate the somewhat terrifying and exposed contours of these lines. The end result is, I hope, a prolonged and transparent recollection of the Taverner which exposes not only my appreciation for the music itself but also my response to performing it.
Nico Muhly.
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 01 June 2008
No of pages: 48
Length: 9
Language: English
Catalogue No: SRO100025

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