Study no. 25 [scales]

for 8 instrumentalists


Performance Instructions:

For 8 instrumentalists.

Prior to performance, a 10-note scale that falls within the collective ranges of all players should be determined. Octave displacements are not permissable.

Each player is assigned one of the colored lines. Each player should follow their assigned line throughout. Only one player should be assigned to any one line.

Horizontal lines correspond to steps in the scale, the lowest line denoting the lowest note in the scale, the highest line denoting the highest note in the scale.

Each time a player's respective attack cursor crosses an event node, play the pitch that corresponds to the line the event node is on.

Note durations are open, but must be completed by the time the attack cursor reaches the next event node. Players should stop sounding once their attack cursor has reached the node above the top horizontal line, restarting only once their attack cursor has reached the event node on the bottom line.

Each note should have some dynamic contour..or long as each adjacent note is approached differently.

Playing technique/articulation should be varied throughout.

Presentation: The score should be projected for all performers. If this is not possible, a single iteration of the score may be distributed across several monitors.

Study no. 25 [scales] has three variations: up, down, and up/down. Each requires its own version of the score application.

Dynamics: MP-MF.

Duration: 10 minutes or more.

Ryan Ross Smith, June 2014.

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