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2017 (rev. 2018)

Study in Centre & Width

for two cellos in a reverberant space

This piece attempts to explore two intervals (perfect 5th and major 6th) and their juxtapositions, using the resonance of the violoncello to emphasise their consonance in a dream-like miniature. 

When interlocked, these intervals form a third interval, a major second (between the 5th and 6th degrees of the scale). The piece uses this inherent third interval as its underlying basis – our tonal centre shifts from G to A as the piece progresses (before arriving back at G). 

The name of the piece refers to this idea of exploring intervallic width as a way of focusing on the ‘centre’ or resonant essence of sound.

[ Vc., Vc. ]

Study in Centre & WidthXan Gill
00:00 / 01:04

Full instrumentation:

Cello (x2)

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