Friday, December 03, 2010

Sonic obsessions, revisited (3)


Sul ponticello.  Playing at the bridge of a bowed string instrument makes the relative amplitudes of the partial tones unstable, discontinuous, unpredictable.  It is very useful in contrapuntal environments in which the register of the individual instruments should be ambiguous (see the third and fifth movements of my string trio, Figure & Ground.) 

1 comment:

Archivist/Cultural Liaison said...

Jon Rose has done much work with playing fences around Australia.
Also making one that could travel on commission from the Knonos Quartet in which he composed a piece. It was surprisingly quite well received here when it was performed from even opposing sides of the new music guilds