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Diehnelt: Stile Antico for 5-voice cello ensemble

By Kim Diehnelt

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Cello, 5-voice cello ensemble, 5 celli - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Kim Diehnelt. 21st Century, Baroque Period, Contemporary Classical, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by Kim Diehnelt (S0.529091).

Item Number: S0.529091

Stile Antico: On a theme of Palestrina (2012) for 5-voice cello ensemble

The title Stile Antico  refers a style of musical composition from the 16th century which  was often employed in church music, because it allowed the words (sacred text)  of each singer to be clearly heard. This pre-classical polyphony was  many-voiced and without instrumental accompaniment.

Inspired by a theme from a mass by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina  (c. 1525 – 1594) ‘Praestet hoc natigenitor, I present a modern cello ensemble rendition of this ‘ancient  style.’

Most conspicuous of the work’s attributes is the use of  time. Rather than moving the musical ideas and themes towards a goal or through  structural development and a sense of progress, the music (and time) unfolds  perhaps as the natural swing of a pendulum; neither clinging to a past, nor  anticipating a future. The listener beholds one moment continuously being  reshaped through sound.

Also, the concepts of melody and harmony as we assume them  today are blurred. Of the five players, no one has the melody, no one has the  harmony, yet together the ensemble combines to create a continuous flux of  melodic-harmony (or harmonic-melody). This idea is of another type of ‘stile  antico.’ Within the ideas of alchemy, which richly influenced the music of the 16th   century and beyond, exists the concept that “one plus one equals three.” That  is, two objects also create a ‘between-ness.’ So too with musical voices; the  combination of two voices creates a new between-ness. Through out this work the  individual cellists create a continuously shifting canvas of ‘between-ness.’ The  music and the performers ask for a renewed perception of the many between-nesses  of our present moment.

(c) 2012 (ASCAP)

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