by Dan Senn
In Two Sections
duration 9-10 minutes
Chamber Ensemble, 12-15 Instruments
Fencing Schönberg was written in the summer of 2019 and is for 12-15 chamber instruments including the flute (piccolo), clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, tenor and base trombones, marimba, piano, violin, viola and 'cello (strings may be doubled). The first section was written on a whim in the study room at the Glen Street Library in Belrose, NSW (Sydney) and the second section in my Waterhouse Studio in Watertown, Wisconsin. The banner photo above was taken on Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia in 2019 and the work is dedicated to Robert and Ruth Ross of Belrose, NSW, Australia.

The title of this work refers to its metering which acts as a taming mechanism atop a rugged atonal geography. It also refers to the combat sport of fencing as I worked to thwart the harmonic harshness of the dodecaphonic method, now 100 years in use, while "strictly" employing traditional matrix delineations. DS

The full score and parts are available from the composer but may be previewed as a video here section 1 video and section 2 video. A  partial full score pdf can be viewed here for section 1 and section 2. Sound alone of the entire piece scan be heard here for

Section One

Section Two

Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia and travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist. He lives in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner-collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. Dan is cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia Composers of Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx media festivals in Prague. (read more).