Robinson McClellan ~ composer


for four viols (treble, tenor, 2 bass)

Commissioned by What a Neighborhood!
for Parthenia

Premiere by Parthenia, New York City, February 27, 2015

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This piece begins in a conventional soundworld, and 'travels' to an alternate one, using sounds that come from ancient Byzantine / Turkish scales, and from a similar sensibility to the one that created Islamic geometry. I've tried to get something new out of these source materials, but I feel in a strange way as if I'm working in the deep past. They can be a bit "ear-bending" at first but if you listen a few times it makes more and more sense. 

Duration: 12-14:00

Here are mockups I made for the second and third movements, using an organ sound in place of the viols:


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