David Fennessy: BIG LUNG

David Fennessy BIG LUNG
BIG LUNG

David Fennessy: BIG LUNG

Year of composition:
2008
Version:
original version
Scored for:
for church organ and 2 percussionists
Composer:
David Fennessy
Instrumentation details:
organ
1st percussion
2nd percussion
Commission:
BIG LUNG was co-commissioned by the Le Weekend and Huddersfield Festivals with funds provided by the Performing Rights Society. It was first performed by Kevin Bowyer, Asuka Hatanaka and Tom De Cock at the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling, on May 24th 20
Remarks:
Due to the often long distances between organ console and performing area in a church, this piece will require a conductor.
Duration:
24’
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Work introduction

One of the most intriguing aspects of church organ music in performance is that, much of the time, the performer him/herself is unseen. The percussionists in BIG LUNG serve to amplify that part of the music making normally invisible in this situation; the impetus of the sound – the attack.

Because of the mechanics involved in the production of the organ’s sound, it seems to me that the instrument is capable, in theory at least, of producing an unending out-breath. During the composition of the piece I became obsessed with rhythms and structures associated with breathing, inhalation and exhalation. Around half way through the writing process I came across a quote attributed to Karlheinz Stockhausen which he apparently delivered on his death bed:

“A completely new time has come, I have found a new layer of breathing, listen!”

The piece finishes on a kind of ecstatic, terminal out-breath.

David Fennessy

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BIG LUNG

David Fennessy: BIG LUNG

set of parts
for church organ and 2 percussionists , 24’

BIG LUNG

David Fennessy: BIG LUNG

score
for church organ and 2 percussionists , 24’

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