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THE PRAYING MANTIS & THE SILKWORMS

THE PRAYING MANTIS & THE SILKWORMS

Composer:Facer, Peter
Instrumentation:ob.
Publisher Ref:E707
The Praying Mantis and The Silkworms are the beginnings of a collection of insect pieces. Inspired by the pieces for solo oboe of Antal Dorati and Gilles Silvestrini, the Praying Mantis is a chaconne and The Silkworms is a two-part canon.

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Skill Level:E+
Publisher:Emerson Edition Ltd
Year of Issue:2016
ISMN:M570408481
ISBN:none specified
Peter Facer writes:
"The Praying Mantis and The Silkworms are the beginnings of a collection of insect pieces from which more will hatch over the subsequent years! The initial idea for these pieces sprung from the question of whether it is possible to write a polyphonic work for a monodic instrument. Inspired by the pieces for solo oboe of Antal Dorati and Gilles Silvestrini, not to mention the original contrapuntal genius of Mr JSB, I decided to give it a go! So, The Praying Mantis is a chaconne and The Silkworms is a two-part canon. With both pieces, I've tried to stick to fairly strict compositional principals as well as creating a narrative.
The 'ground bass' of The Praying Mantis is the first eight staccato notes of the piece, which form the basis for all subsequent development. This eight-note ground bass consists of the notes of an octatonic scale, re-arranged into a tone row. This 'bass line' is then repeated over and over, while other material fills in the gaps. The other m

  • The Praying Mantis
  • The Silk Worms


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