Rabsong Shar (The Eastern Room of the Palace)
Scored for: soprano, chamber orchestra and electronics
Instrumentation: Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Harp, Piano, Percussion (3), Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Text: Excerpts from a traditional gar-glu Tibetan song from Lo Monthang, Nepal recorded by Andrea Clearfield and Katey Blumenthal
Language: Mustang dialect of Tibetan
Duration: 12 min.
Premiere: April 21, 2016, The University of Arkansas New Music Ensemble, Moon-Sook Park, soprano, Jamal Duncan, conductor
Commissioned by: The University of Arkansas New Music Ensemble
Published by: Self-published, Angelfire Press
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Rabsong Shar Score Excerpt
Contact Andrea Clearfield for score and parts:
The University of Arkansas McIlroy Professorship Endowment wished to commission a piece for the Arkansas New Music Ensemble. We approached Andrea to compose a piece for our new music ensemble. The resulting piece was a work that more than exceeded our expectations. Rabsong Shar is a piece of exquisite beauty, wistful melancholy, and deep reverence to an ancient culture. My students and I were elated to bring Andrea’s beautiful gift to life. The piece is a masterwork of orchestration and timbral color. Audiences everywhere will be engaged by this piece.
–Jamal Duncan, Music Director, Arkansas New Music Ensemble