Three Old Gramophones

Edlin, P. (2005) Three Old Gramophones. [Composition]

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First performance: Southbank Sinfonia, Nicholas Cleobury (conductor), Sounds New, Canterbury, 26 February 2005. Three Old Gramophones examines symbolism in music, principally in two ways. Firstly, it presents music that appears ‘familiar’ in a generally unmodified way. Secondly, it envelops this music with another layer of sonorities that may appear recognisable, though not necessarily in the context in which it is heard. Three Old Gramophones uses both ‘private’ and ‘shared’ symbolism. 'Two Gentlemen in Japan' re-works the overture to The Mikado, manipulating it to sound rather more like genuine Japanese Gagaku court music. This ‘shared’ element examines Edlin's personal political stance that the West has often abused its relationship with the East. Sousa’s composition El Capitan was (apparently) the last piece to be played as the Titanic sank. El Capitan’s famous demise envelops this piece with fragments of familiar ‘sea related’ pieces. The final piece has several subtexts: principally a re-enactment of a scene in a story by Gabriel García Marquez, where an old woman retells her youthful memories to her granddaughter as they listen to a quasi-Hispanic tune on an old ‘78’. On another level, it also pays a personal tribute to a life tragically cut short. The score also explores new techniques in instrumental timbres and new approaches to notation, where individual musicians ‘lead’ varying groups of instruments, while the conductor maintains an overview of proceedings.

Item Type: Composition
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Music
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 13:53
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:00

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