Cornish String Music

2015

any number of orchestral string instruments (at least 16)

15′

f.p. Participants of CoMA Summer School, High Melton, Doncaster, 7th August 2015

Introduction to the score: Cornish String Music is a sound ritual for a large number of stringed instruments. The ensemble sets up a loud, high-energy block of sound, outwardly static but internally dynamic, from which are hewn rhythmic profiles using the outlines of four Cornish folksongs. The instruments use only detuned open strings until the final section; the sound quality should be primal, rough and resonant, the intensity similar to that of Noise music. The piece should be performed either in a resonant space or with amplification such that the effect is engulfing and immersive.