From nothing
alto saxophone, soprano voice, piano/synthesizer, violin

Robert J. Morin
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 00:09:20
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboard / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
The underlying foundations of "From Nothing" are that of emergent and bounded indeterminate processes. An emergent process is employed in the sense that the basic musical elements utilized, such as the melodic and rhythmic motifs, are evolved from prior expressions of themselves and continually adapted to each other through an iterative process. These seemingly simple melodic and rhythmic motifs evolve and respond to each other so that a complex yet unified and euphonious whole emerges; a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Bounded indeterminacy (i.e., indeterminacy bounded by certain criteria and parameters) is the underlying method that drives this emergent process whereby the basic melodic and rhythmic materials, once set in motion, result in a musical structure that is natural, responsive and, in essence, alive.
The lower piano (or synthesizer) part forms the foundation of the musical structure. It evolves through a pattern of consonances until it climaxes in a dissonant tritone before resolving back to its natural state of consonant perfect fifths. The upper piano (or synthesizer) part accentuates the consonant and dissonant tensions of the lower piano/synthesizer part with its melodic parameters being guided by symmetrical conversions around the tonal centre C. The melodic parameters of the violin part are such that it is expressly derived from the melodic motifs of the underlying upper and lower piano/synthesizer parts. Similar to the violin part, the harmonic and also rhythmic parameters of the alto saxophone part are derived from the underlying melodic and rhythmic foundations of the upper and lower piano/synthesizer parts, as well as the violin part. The soprano voice part balances and unifies the overall musical structure by focussing on the tonal centre C in long sustained tones. B is also utilized as a focal point in the soprano voice part as a form of symmetric counterbalance to the transitional Db focal point previously heard in the lower piano/synthesizer parts.
Each performer is to go about their performance with an emphasis on brevity. Through brevity, silence is made to be a fundamental musical material through which sound, or non-silence, can take shape. Brevity also forces the performers, when choosing their limited musical expressions and allowing for sound to surface and take shape, to do so with purpose and meaning. The implied purpose or meaning of a musical expression is defined according to its own terms, in relation to the surrounding musical expressions and the musical structure as a whole and ultimately, from the silence from which it emerges.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1215 M8587fr
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboard / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 5, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (19 p.) ;
    19 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Alto sax, soprano voice, piano or synthesizer, violin
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