by Lawrence Dunn
Live at Listenpony: Mainly Two
Recording available now
Of the piece, Lawrence writes:
The title refers to the highest pitch of the Guidonian pitch system, the E la, which is equivalent to the open E of the violin's first string. ‘E la’ was itself a word representing (according to the OED) ‘something “high-flown”’, a place of yearning or elevation. The title comes from a quotation from Thomas Nashe: ‘You must straine your wits an Ela aboue theyrs.’ The open first string itself is never actually sounded in the piece, but it is used as a point of reference for the violinists, as it is the pitch of the top note of the final four-pitch sonority.
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Lawrence Dunn is a British composer, pianist and lecturer based in Manchester.