Cliff Kerr - Degustation (2010) | Sydney Camerata LIVE
Sydney Camerata perform the world premiere of Cliff Kerr's 'Degustation' (2010).
About the piece:
Degustation consists of seven brief, contrasting movements. It is named for the culinary tradition of serving multiple small courses instead of a single large one (known as tapas in Spanish and dim sum in Chinese). The first movement (Prelude) is a seamless flow of sounds, where harmonies evolve rather than change. The second movement (Fugue I) uses a wide register -- over five octaves -- to make each voice as distinct and lyrical as possible. The third movement (Interlude I) showcases an unusual rhythm (2+3+2+2+3/8), intensified by the use of repetition. The fourth movement (Fugue II) begins with a jaunty theme in A, starts moving around the cycle of fifths, gets lost halfway, and turns back. The fifth movement (Interlude II) has more success, and its four-chord harmonic progression is played once in each of the 12 keys. The sixth movement (Fugue III) is wild and atonal, with an inverted