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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Fokkens, Robert: Ukuhamba Kukufunda 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Ukuhamba Kukufunda
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    13
  • Year of composition: 
    2013
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The impetus for this piece came from my interest in cyclic musics. Traditional Xhosa bow music from South Africa, electronic dance music, jazz, minimalism and other musics use this technique, not to mention Ravel’s Bolero. This structural approach is present in all of my music since 2002, often exclusively. Here, a single cyclic pattern is present throughout - whether in the foreground or hidden in the texture - always changing and developing, but without losing crucial features which give it its basic character.
    Perhaps this is a metaphor for personal and cultural identity, reflecting how identity changes in new contexts and under external influences without losing the underlying personality or, more broadly, the historical traditions which make up culture: no matter how twisted or distorted they are through interactions, they survive. Identity is challenged and enriched by these encounters, which bring change and loss, but also growth and new possibilities.

  • Technical specs: 

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
53
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
Piccolo
C
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
2
B-flat
B-flat
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Wood Blocks
Other
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
16
Viola
6
Cello
4
Double Bass
2
5-string
5-string

 

 

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