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Lei Liang

Luminous

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contrabass solo, bass clarinet, horn, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello (2014)
Duration20'
CommissionLuminous was composed for bassists Mark Dresser, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and its Music Director Steven Schick. It was made possible by a generous grant from TenFourteen LLC, an arm of the Jebediah Foundation.
PremiereMarch 29, 2015; Hertz Hall, Berkley, California; San Francisco Contemporary Music Players • Steven Schick, conductor
InstrumentationThe bass clarinet, horn, violin, viola, and cello parts also require spring drums of various sizes -- see score for details.

Piano requires a protractor and slide bar.

Percussion instrumentation: 3 cymbals, temple blocks, whip, whistle, guiro, 1 timpano (with crotale), vibraphone, bongos, 2 toms, tamtam, bass drum
Technical requirementsThe solo contrabass requires amplification.

For instructions on "spectral flautando" and other techniques, please refer to Mark Dresser, "Guts: Bass Explorations, Investigations, Explanations" (published by kadima collective).
PublisherSchott Music
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Luminous was inspired by Mark Dresser’s uniquely powerful musical expressions and innovative techniques created for the contrabass. The instrument’s rich spectra embody “voices” that encompass extreme opposites – lightness and darkness, angels and ghosts, paradise and inferno – unified by a singular vibrating body.

The composition explores these voices in a few large sections, starting with bowing on one string that produces multiphonics, double-stop bowing, and pizzicati. It concludes with the threading technique invented by Mark Dresser which allows the performer to bow multiple strings simultaneously.

The last section is subtitled “The Answer Questioned” as an homage to Charles Ives and György Kurtág.

Luminous was composed for bassist Mark Dresser, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and its Music Director Steven Schick who gave its world premiere on March 29, 2014 in Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California. It was made possible by a generous grant from TenFourteen LLC, an arm of the Jebediah Foundation.

- Lei Liang

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