IN20-175 Exploration of Instruments’ Idiomatic Sound and Potential Through the Realization of Newly Created Arrangement of Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”
Presenter: Natpynya Kosilp
Assumption University, Thailand
As music nowadays is played or/and written for certain combinations of instruments, hence limited the possibilities of creating more unique and special ensembles. This study aims to explore and create a new and pretty unique combination of instruments, as well as to help and guide arrangers and composers to create new instruments combination, exploring their maximum potentials. This study will be focused on the arrangement of the song Oblivion, composed by Astor Piazzolla for harpsichord, violin, accordion, and tabla. The following contribution methodologies to realize the arrangement will be explained, focusing on uniqueness of the chosen instruments and their combinatory possibilities. In the end, this arrangement is created based on the elements given from the original version, with the usage of improvisatory techniques, nationalistic elements, and newly composed sections.
Citation format:Kosilp, N., & Firrincieli, A.. (2020). Exploration of Instruments’ Idiomatic Sound and Potential Through the Realization of Newly Created Arrangement of Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”. Proceeding in RSU International Research Conference, May 1, 2020. Pathum Thani, Thailand.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Wish I could hear this live! Could you elaborate more on the usage of "Indian" music elements and why?
Greetings and thanks for your question!
This arrangement is inspired by our ensemble group, which included an Indian friend of mine. We were supposed to perform this piece in a live performance, but it was postponed indefinitely because of COVID-19.
We have decided to add Tabla in this ensemble, and it inspired us to add Indian music elements in order to created the unique arrangement that is new, interesting, and spicy.
This arrangement adopt Indian music elements using Indian famous rhythmic pattern, as well as Raga scale; a popular scale used in Indian music (similar to Phrygian mode but with raised 6th). Not only adding Tabla, we as well modified some parts for other instruments. In part I, time signature is modified to 7/8, grouped as 3+2+2 (from 4/4; equivalent to 8/8, grouped as 3+3+2) which is a very famous pattern in Indian music. Also, in part j and k, we replaced the scale from original minor scale to Raga scale.