split rudder


Instrumentation: amplified Paetzold contrabass recorder, electronics

Durata: 9’15”

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

Commission: Anna Petrini in collaboration with Nordic Culture Point.

Program note:
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.

Score: contact the composer