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Donnacha Dennehy

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Bulb (2006)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano Trio
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Bulb was commissioned by the Fidelio Trio with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. It takes as its basis the overtone series built on a very low G, and it grows outwards from a small band of these overtones by means of pulsing glissandi (in the violin and cello). Well in fact these pulsing glissandi are for the most part made of 2 notes (one moving, the other providing a reference drone by its repetitions). By the end, the violin and piano have swapped registral places. It’s an artificial vandalism of a natural phenomenon (the overtone series), like the way electric lighting is of the visual spectrum, or the paintings of Bridget Riley are of various natural perceptions.

— Donnacha Dennehy

  • Ensemble
    Fidelio Trio
    NMC Records:
  • 29 MAR 2017
    Beyond Borders
    Bath Spa University, UK
    Fidelio Trio
  • 18 FEB 2017
    Marine Terminal Lofts, Milwaukee, WI
    Present Music
  • 22 OCT 2016
    Sound Festival
    St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen, UK
    Fidelio Trio
  • 24 SEP 2016
    Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
    Crash Ensemble
  • 19 SEP 2016
    Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
    Fidelio Trio
  • 18 AUG 2016
    Bulb Country Premiere
    Tübingen, Germany
  • 17 JUN 2016
    Music at Villa Romana
    Florence, Italy
    Fidelio Trio
  • 10 MAY 2006
    Bulb World Premiere
    Leeds College of Music, England
    Fidelio Trio

In Bulb minimalist rhythmic patterns pull wavelike movements, which are repeated over and over. But it is not monotonous. The repetitions come alive as only single notes sound, which then unfold in incredibly complex ways, brilliant in its various overtones.
Isabelle Wiltgen , Reutlinger General-Anzeiger ,16/08/2016
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