NAC in Scotland
Project leaders were composers Alasdair Nicolson and David Knotts,
with performers from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
All participants were given a Composition Kit, including:
Over the next few days the composers worked on their pieces, with ongoing
support from Alasdair, the players, and spnm Education Consultant
At the end of the week the works were performed and recorded by the players
from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. All participants received a CD recording
of their work.
Later that month selected works were performed at a public concert as
part of the St Andrews Festival.
Extract from the Composition Kit:
"MUSICAL SECRETS - There are many ways of making one musical
thing become another and disguise its existence… Remember that you
can hide melodies by turning them upside down or back to front, by displacing
some of the notes so that they are in a different octave, or by sharing
the notes of a theme across several instruments so that the sound is different…
With rhythms you can increase the value of each note to make the whole
thing slower, or decrease the value of each note to make the whole thing
shorter. You can also change the time signature of the music."