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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Duet No 1 (Chorale Pointing Downwards) (2003)
St. Rose Music Publishing
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
8 Minutes
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Nico Muhly Duet No 1 (Chorale Pointing Downwards) (2003)
Duet No.1: Chorale Pointing Downwards is the first in a series of short string pieces that serve as harmonic and technical studies for both composer and performers. Duet No.1 is constructed around a cycle of fourteen chords repeated almost without stopping throughout the work. However, the cycle is subject to several simple rhythmic processes and two cryptic interruptions and, by the middle, assumes a sort of fervent perpetual-motion perseverance. Here, I attempted to convey a kind of harmonic rapture with technical reserve (music that sounds like a string exercise). The piece ends slowly and quietly, with a series of ascending and descending scales trailing the fourteen chords behind them. Duet No 1 is dedicated to Nadia Sirota with great thanks.

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