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William Pearson

Half of My Love/Life For Violin, Cello, Piano and Percussion

Summer 2016


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Page 1:

The first page is written as four separate instrumental parts (violin, cello, piano, percussion).

These four separate parts are to be played roughly in unison — each of these parts are doing the same types of things in the same order.

What they are all doing might be described as “repeating the phrase ‘Half of My Love/Life’ six times” There are three staves and each is repeated once. ‘Love’ should be used the first time, while ‘Life’ should be used on the repeat. Performers are not speaking or singing here, but interacting with their instruments in a way that relates to the sound of these words

The first stave is to be played as notated. Indications in parentheses are to be played on the repeat.

The second stave is to be read (silently) whilst playing as faithful a repetition of the first stave as possible. Please do not simply read the top stave again, some level of decay/change is desired between the first and second staves As the second stave is repeated, all performers are to close their eyes gradually over the course of that stave.

The third stave should be played with closed eyes, and the same material is to be repeated, with (hopefully) further degradation. Because eyes will be closed, it is expected and desired for the four instrumental parts to not be as in-sync as they have been.

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The second page is written as two groups of two performers: Cello/Percussion and Violin/Piano.

The two duos alternate from quarter to quarter, beginning with Violin/Piano. Violin/Piano play the first quarter of the first stave, Cello/Percussion play the second, Violin/Piano play the third, etc. As each duo finishes their quarter, they are to close their eyes. The other duo will use this as a cue to begin their next quarter The halves work the same way, just twice as long. Cello/Percussion play the first half, while Violin/Piano play the second.

The second page consists of two staves. The first stave is divided into four quarters, while the second stave is divided in half. On both staves, all performers should inhale slowly through the first half of the stave and exhale through the second half.

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There are two other optional suggestions for this work:

The first is the staging and stand placement shown on the next page.

The second (crazy) suggestion is that the string players and the percussion players swap instruments.

What I like about this staging is that facilitates the particular relationships presented in the score. I also like having the fourth page in a single location, where each player must strive towards the same point.

This would entail the violinist playing cello, the cellist playing violin, percussionist playing piano, and the pianist playing percussion. What I like about this idea is that it infuses a child-like sense of unfamiliarity into the work.

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Thanks!

William Pearson wpearso2@illinois.edu


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