Linear lines - five interlinked soliloquys based on the chant In Principio Omnes by Hildegard of Bingen
Lane, L. (2009) Linear lines - five interlinked soliloquys based on the chant In Principio Omnes by Hildegard of Bingen. [Composition]
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An original work for solo horn, commissioned by the US horn player Marlene Ford for inclusion in a series of lecture-recitals in the USA about women composers. Performances in 2010 as follows: 27/01/10, Portsmouth Music Club, Portsmouth, USA. 27/01/10, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA. 23/03/10, Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, USA. 28/03/10, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, USA. 22/04/10, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, USA. 13/11/10, Virginia Music Teachers Association, James Madison University, USA. Linear Lines explores a relationship between the musical language of Hildegard of Bingen [1098-1179] and the present day, some 800 years later. The complete chant, In principio omnes, is used as the basis of the work which is split into five sections, each a progressive soliloquy on the original musical material. For much of the piece, decorative grace notes symbolically relate to the drawing together of the two musical cultures by characterising tied notes from the chant, the pitches taken successively from the initial phrase (unrepeated) and transposed up a major third. Throughout, a relationship between two ‘key’ centres a third apart represents a ‘flicker’ of an image between then and now.