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Lying on a Ledge Op.29a

Cello Solo

A person is wandering in the mountains, but suddenly falls off a cliff and ends up lying on a ledge. Hours and days pass, and no one seems to find him or hears his cries for help. At a certain point of time (the middle of Bar 62), when death draws closer, he suddenly becomes euphoric (as some people report to experience when about to freeze to death), hallucinating he is being rescued. Nevertheless, the piece ends with the persons death. The glissando at the very end might illustrate that something "from above", death, is picking him up to enter an unknown dimension.

Category: Chamber

Instrumentation: Cello

Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe

Year composed: 1997

First performance: December 6, 1998

Duration: 8:00

Commissioned and first performed by the cellist Tormod Knapp. Written with resources of Norsk Kulturfond.

Watch a special performance by Ralph Rousseau (adapted for viola da gamba). This version was performed on tour in Norway and the Netherlands by Rousseau.

This composition also exists in a version for viola da gamba, Op.29b.

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