INSTRUMENTATION: amplified Paetzold contrabass recorder, electronics



PREMIERE: September 30th, 2011, at Full Pull Festival concert series in Malmö, Sweden, by recorder player Anna Petrini

COMMISSION: Anna Petrini in collaboration with Nordic Culture Point

ABOUT: Split Rudder explores the sounds of the Paetzold contrabass recorder from the inside. A microphone inserted in the foot joint captures a rich timbral world and highlights a range of contrasting actions, from a spectrum of intimate air timbres to harsh growls in the lowest bass register. The development of the musical material and the course of events have been influenced by the focused and dramatic storytelling of the ballad “Briggen Blue Bird of Hull” by Swedish composer and troubadour Evert Taube.