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Disappearances

Alvin Lucier

  • Year of composition: 1994
  • Duration: 16:46
  • Instrumentation: string quartet

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ISRC CAA4J2010117

  • 96 kHz, 24 bits

In Disappearances four string players make minute adjustments in intonation, causing overtones to appear and disappear. Starting at unison, the players sustain a long unison tone. As they do so, they become aware of the higher partials produced by each other’s reinforcement of the unison tone. At any time any player decides to imperceptibly raise or lower her pitch causing audible beats to appear. She is followed by another player(s) doing likewise. When the unison is de-tuned enough the higher partials disappear. The players then imperceptibly move to another unison on another pitch, causing a new set of partials to sound. This procedure is repeated any number of times. This work was composed especially for the students in the Wesleyan University String Quartet and was first performed by them in Crowell Hall, Wesleyan University, on October 20, 1994, as part of the Alvin Lucier: Collaborations Festival.

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  • 2020, Carl Talbot

Unamuno

Alvin Lucier

  • Year of composition: 1994
  • Duration: 5:21
  • Instrumentation: 4 equal voices

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ISRC CAA4J2010119

  • 96 kHz, 24 bits

Alvin Lucier was for many years a professor at Wesleyan University in his hometown of Middletown, Connecticut — a position he took over on John Cage’s recommendation. In 1994, a major festival was held at Wesleyan in Lucier’s honor: Collaborations. For this occasion, Lucier composed a number of smaller works, mostly miniatures. The background was that he said he envied his colleagues who could write quickly and easily without the long preparations that many of his own works required. So he decided to make a series of quick sketches. One of these is Unamuno (1994). Here it turns out that even if Lucier had engaged in microtonal exorcism aimed at the lingering Omega signals, he would not have gotten rid of them. The piece can best be described as a poor man’s pocket version of Navigations and like this presents a series of permutations of four tones within the same narrow range, but now for four voices and without microtonal changes. Lucier is content here with simply and artfully presenting his material.

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  • 2020, Carl Talbot

Navigations for Strings

Alvin Lucier

  • Year of composition: 1992
  • Duration: 19:02
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Hessischer Rundfunk

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ISRC CAA4J2010121

  • 96 kHz, 24 bits
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Navigations for Strings (1991) est une commande de la Hessischer Rundfunk (radio allemande). Sur le plan musical, elle se compose de quatre tons, pour lesquels se produit un long flux de combinaisons mélodiques et instrumentales en constante évolution. Au fur et à mesure que les musiciens passent d’une combinaison à l’autre, ils augmentent ou diminuent la hauteur des sons par petits incréments imperceptibles, parfois plus petits que ce que l’oreille humaine peut entendre. À mesure que la taille de l’intervalle se contracte, les musiciens abaissent progressivement le niveau dynamique et ralentissent le tempo, permettant aux sons de s’allonger comme des ombres et de se fondre dans l’ambiance de la pièce. En raison de la proximité des accords, les battements audibles sont entendus à des vitesses déterminées par les distances entre les hauteurs.

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  • 2020, Carl Talbot