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Stephen Cabell

Stephen Cabell


General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephen Cabell Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $200.00   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong, large
  • Gong, low
  • Log Drums (4)
  • Marimba
  • Metal Plate
  • Suspended Cymbal, high, medium and low
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Water Chimes
  • Water Gong


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Taking a foreboding tone, Seep reflects on recent environmental tragedies which have had a devastating impact on local communities, such as the Flint water crisis and Porter Ranch gas leak. These kinds of events should alert and remind us all that they can happen anywhere but will happen with increasing certainty unless action is taken.

While sketching ideas for Seep, I was reminded of a documentary detailing an abstract painting technique of German visual artist Gerhard Richter. The film shows Richter etch, scrape, and smear thick oil paint over a pre-painted canvas with a giant squeegee, resulting in intricate, vibrant spreads of color. Seeing these beautiful paintings emerge in realtime drove me to emulate and adapt this technique in my music.

Shifting stacks of thirds extend across the ensemble resulting in complex, monolithic harmonies. Within these harmonies, an immovable triad persists as an object of permanence around which the musical landscape evolves. Pitch bends, introduced first by the flutes, spread to all sections of the ensemble, obscuring the stacked harmonies and mimicking Richter’s squeegee technique.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 31 March 2017


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