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Lann, Vanessa

General: Vanessa Lann was born on April 6, 1968 in New York. Education: Vanessa Lann has been a composer and pianist since the age of five. She studied composition with Ruth ...

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In the circumference of my solitude : for viola and double bass (scordatura), 1993 / Vanessa Lann

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1997
Publisher's number: 09134
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Other combinations of string
Instruments: vla cb
Remarks: In opdracht van het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. - Geschreven voor Liesbeth Steffens en Pieter Smithuisen. - Cop. 1996. - Tijdsduur: 16'
Duration: 16'00"
Number of players: 2
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): In The Circumference Of My Solitude is inspired by a passage in the diaries of Anaïs Nin. She describes herself lying in bed with her husband; the more his arms tighten in a circle around her, the more solitary and lonely she feels. The violist represents the woman and proceeds through a cycle of agitated tremolo and pizzicato patterns. Meanwhile the bassist envelops her nervous gestures within a different rhythmic cycle of long and heavy open-stringed (scordatura) drones. As in a number of my other recent pieces, the recognizable rhythms and pitch patterns generate a sense of cyclical expectancy. However, at the end of this piece, the players have switched 'roles', exchanging their patterns in the form of a circle. - VANESSA LANN

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