Daphne Oram – Four Aspects

Duration: 8'07

This is Daphne Oram’s first electronic concert piece, performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1960. The piece has a simple ABA code form, and is a study in electronic tone colour, from pure tones to abundant complexity. The compositional techniques used are generally simple, and the harmonies heard are built on the lower frequencies of the harmonic series, resulting in much tonic/dominant chording. In 1960 electronic music was not readily accepted, particularly in conservative Great Britain, and this piece was specifically designed to provide a simple bridge with conventional, instrumental music.



Monty Adkins