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Grand Alap (A Window in the Sky)


By Chinary Ung

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Contemporary Small Ensemble cello (amplified), percussion (both players are required to sing
(1996). Composed by Chinary Ung (1942-). Contemporary Small Ensemble. Edition Peters. Modern. Score. Composed 1996. 24 pages. Duration 00:18:00. Edition Peters #98-EP67755. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP67755).

Item Number: PE.EP67755

ISBN 9790300744636.

Amplified Violoncello and Percussion (both performers are required to sing; cello/female and percussion/male voices)(score only; 2 copies are needed for performance)

"The word Alap refers to the opening passage of Raga music. In the music of India, the Alap tends to display improvisational materials which relate to the music which will follow, yet it contains a deep expressivity. In the work Grand Alap, the opening passage serves as a kind of ritual offering to all surrounding spirits and is arequest for permission to begin the performance. This practice has occurred in the music-making practices of cultures throughout parts of Asia for many centuries, including Cambodia. The subtitle 'A Window in the Sky' is a reference to the recent scientific discovery of hundreds of newly found galaxies (with the assistance of the Hubble Telescope) and perhaps relates to the expository quality of the work, and its expansiveness. Grand Alap requires the percussionist to be male and the cellist to be female, as each of them has a vocal part which is both separate and related to their instrumental parts. Each of them is required to articulate certain phonemes as well as to sing. Some of the phonemes used are derivative of the sounds used to communicate percussion techniques in regions of South and Southeast Asia while others resemble words in a few ancient languages. A few words have meaning in the Khmer (Cambodian) language, which derives from Pali and Sanskrit. 'Soriya' is The Sun, 'Mekhala' is The Goddess of Water, and the words 'Mehta/Karona' refer to the concept of greater compassion." (Susan Ung) // Chinary Ung was born in Takeo, Cambodia, on November 24th, 1942; he has lived in the U.S.A. since 1964.

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