WAR: A Soundscape (2011)

For Guitar ensemble (ca. 40 players)

Instrumentation:
Alto/Prime/Bass classical guitars

Duration:
c. 4′

Premiered:
May 2011, NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre, Singapore
Ji Heng LEE (conducting), Raffles Institution Junior College Guitar Ensemble

Additional remarks:

Score & audio recording on IMSLP

blankA soundscape is a collection of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment. Through recreating both the sounds heard subconsciously – the seemingly insignificant sounds which define the sonic tapestry of each place – and the sounds which penetrate the waking mind, an impression of a landscape or event may be developed and impressed upon the listener. R. Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer and environmentalist, first pioneered this concept. In WAR, various playing techniques of the guitar are used to express mounting undercurrents of tension, climaxing in all-out ‘war’ and sonic discord, which finally ‘resolves’ as an uneasy peace.