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Simon Bainbridge

Publisher: Novello & Co

Kinneret Pulses (1992)
commissioned by Fretwork with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
11 Minutes
Programme Note
Simon Bainbridge Kinneret Pulses (1992)
It was the serene and radiant Galilee (also known as Kinneret) that provided the starting point for this piece for Fretwork, which is scored for a viol consort of treble, two tenors and two basses.

Kinneret Pulses is constructed out of a succession of different tempi which interrelate through a process of metrical modulation, resulting in a constantly shifting polyrhythmic harmonic texture. It is this texture which creates the backcloth for a slowly evolving web of ‘polyphonic inventions’ that embroider a recurring plaintive aria-like melody from the solo bass viol.

Throughout the piece, these two elements of harmony and melody are interlaced into a varied aural landscape of continuously changing perspective, which is further enhanced by the single lone voice of a repeating A-flat pulse, providing a focal and pivotal point to the work’s structure.

© Simon Bainbridge

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