The star-spangled banner! (in slanted time)
Music for violin, cello and piano

Brian Current
Composer
Brian Current
Composition Date: 2003
Duration: 00:04:30
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Slanted time is how I have been describing recent works involving continuous change in tempo. The idea is that for long stretches there is a constant and dramatic shift in speed, as if the music were written for a metronome that only speeds up or slows down. The indications accel. and rall. can therefore be found on every line of music. Some gestures accelerate into a blur and disappear (over the horizon perhaps, like a vanishing point in painting) while others form at one-half and one-quarter tempo, keeping the whole in a state a balance that never quite speeds up into infinity.
Upon careful listening, one can hear - endlessly speeding up - the national anthem of the United States of America. The anthem itself is an adaptation of "to Anachreon in Heaven", a British popular song written by John Stafford Smith in 1775.

The Star-Spangled Banner! (in Slanted Time) was written during a residency at the Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, NY. It was commissioned as part of a series of miniatures for Toronto's Gryphon Trio with funds for the Canada Council for the Arts, as part of the Composing for a Change program.

Premiere Information:
March 2004, Jane Mallet Theatre, Toronto; Gryphon Trio

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3233 C972sta
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 29, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 13 p.) ; 32 cm.
    15 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    Parts page count: 10
    2 parts (i, 4, i, 4 p.) ; 28 cm.
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For violin, viloncello and piano.

    Made possible with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo.

    Photocopy; master of score and parts in CMC Toronto.

    Additional People:
    John Stafford Smith
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