year: 1995 instrumentation: orchestra published: Promethean Editions
commissioned by: Auckland Philharmonia
recording: on Jack Body: Pulse
A radical composition for orchestra based totally on transcription and quotation, this work examines the West's fascination with pulse in music, and associated ideas of "primitivism". Direct quotes from Beethoven, Berlioz and Stravinsky intermingle and cross-pollinate, while the overall musical structure is underpinned by an extended transcription of the dynamic fire dance of the Baining people of Papua New Guinea.
Jack Body discusses Pulse with Jim Svejda, below.
for Pulse at SOUNZ