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R.Murray Schafer's Gamelan

Is there a traditional assignment of parts when performing R. Murray Schafer's Gamelan as an SATB choir. Are the parts assigned as a four part mixed choir or with a female voice doubled with a male voice?
 
Robert Hawthorne
Replies (4): Threaded | Chronological
on December 21, 2013 5:04am
Hi Robert,
 
I performed Gamelan several years ago with the Mansfield University Concert Choir.  We distributed the voices as they come in SATB and it worked well.  The ranges work fine in this voicing, but it a challenge for the basses to sing in treble clef.   It was a great ear training experience.  
 
Schafer comments in the notes:  I have set this little piece for four voices: these could be SATB, SSAA, TBTB or some other mixed combination.
 
Enjoy!
Peggy Dettwiler
on December 26, 2013 5:17am
It works best
S
A
T
B
That way the texture begins with a unison middle C (but with different rhythmic patterns of course) and slowly builds outward in both directions
on December 28, 2013 7:47am
Thanks, Peggy and Simon. Looking forward to doing it. I noted that the National Youth Choir of Great Britain performed it at lightening speed. Curious to know how fast you performed it?
 
Best regards,
 
Robert
on December 28, 2013 4:29pm
I did approx crotchet=112 at the beginning, then approx 132 in the final section
 
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