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Selective Memory, for one or more instruments in C/Bb/F/Eb, with recorded backing and/or keyboard(s) and/or drone

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
10 minutes
Modern classical music
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts

For one or more instruments in C/Bb/F/Eb reading treble clef, with recorded backing and/or keyboard(s) and/or drone.

The recorded backing can be provided by the composer, or an alternate recording may be made by the performers at a rehearsal - a recording of them discussing the piece.

Examples of drone instruments - cello, double bass, organ, accordion etc.

Voices may sing the drone notes or sustain notes from the instrumental line.

Performers omit and sustain certain notes ad lib. and return to written notes as if they had continued playing. Keyboard players may also omit/sustain notes within chords. Sympathetic ornamentation and improvisation is possible. Transposing instruments play as written and do not transpose. Coordination may be aided with a conductor. Timings are given in minutes:seconds for when playing with the recorded backing and/or drone (which starts at 0:00). Drone pitches are shown at the beginning and at rehearsal letters. Dynamic markings are decided by the performers.

Programme note:

When … selective memory … amnesia … confabulation … a side effect of … confusion … imagination with memory … true memories … traumatic events … relationships … abilities … may be … forgotten…

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