Clare Elton describes her composition
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Clare Elton describes her composition

August 24, 2019


My composition is based on a lullaby by William Byrd. It’s called ‘Lullaby, my sweet little baby’. I use a part of the melody as the cantus firmus that runs throughout the whole piece. Because I had the idea of making my piece about dreams and going in and out of reality because I like playing with the idea of sonic fragility and things that are hidden or veiled. Like slightly unstable sounds on the instruments. Some things that are sounding quite fragile that are unique to certain instruments so it might be the boundary between air and pitch on the clarinet for instance or different sounds you can make on a string instrument like moving between sul pont and sul tasto and just exploring some of the limits of the instruments. Working with boundaries.

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