By Lewis Spratlan | For Chamber Ensemble | 17′
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2011
Instrumentation: Chamber Ensemble
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0415
Printed Edition Price (Score Only): 70.00 USD
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Format: Score/7 parts
Catalogue Number: OM0415R
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Listen to an excerpt of Process/Bulge:
The form of the piece is process-bulge-process-bulge-process-bulge. (Imagine a snake that has eaten three big meals several days apart.) The process sections are single-minded and concerned almost exclusively with problem solving, using rigorous procedures. The bulge sections are freer, more fanciful, and more expressive, and stand in strong contrast to the processes with which they are paired.
Process I involves an incremental descent from the C# an octave above middle C to the D a just step above it. In Bulge I the vocal part attempts to establish a lyrical domain but has trouble, battered by contrary forces. Process/Bulge II are about the intake and exhalation of air, respectively –– that is, breathing. Throughout, instruments are secondary to a wide range of vocal sounds. Process III is a fugue, among the most venerable process-oriented musical genres. It takes on a more expressive character than the other processes, challenging the purity of the piece’s premise and introducing a dark element that seems foreign. The responding Bulge III is largely a manic celebration that tries to restore the prevailing levity, only to succumb, with great struggle, to the fugue’s gloom. The music overspills its boundaries at the end.