Research Output

The Chrysler Cycle

  Movement III – “water, reflected”
“water, reflected…” was composed in 2004 and is the third movement of a five-movement work for orchestra, a research project linking musical composition to architectural design, in particular that of the Chrysler Building. All five movements can be performed separately as independent works or together under the title “The Chrysler Cycle”. While on a research trip to New York I assembled a portfolio of photographs of the building, including a series in which the reflection of the Chrysler Building is captured in the exterior glass panels of a nearby building. These photographs which present various distorted images of the building, have proved a source of inspiration in all five movements; the photograph used in “water, reflected…” suggesting that the reflecting surface is not in fact the exterior of another building, but water. Vaious textures employed throughout the work hint at this reference to water, the opening vibrato section and concluding trilling passages, both intended as allusions to the flow of water and the additional ripples produced when its surface is disturbed. Pitch material was formed by taking data from the building and conveying figures into frequencies, for example, the opening refers to the address of the building, 405 Lexington Avenue, the G# being the nearest frequency at 415Hz, while the top C that the solo cello ascends to and which is also the concluding point of the final trilling ascent in the strings is a reference to the height of the building. Standing at 1048 feet tall this C is the closest frequency at 1046Hz.

The realisation of this composition at its various stages received support from:

Grant from the Kerr-Fry Bequest Committee of the University of Edinburgh to undertake studies in photography at the New School University, New York (2005).

AHRB scholarship to continue research in the US as part of the PhD programme (2004).

Small Projects Grant from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust to cover travel costs to undertake preparatory research in the US as part of the PhD programme (2003).

  • Type:

    Composition

  • Date:

    30 September 2004

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Self

  • Library of Congress:

    M1 Music

  • Funders:

    AHRB scholarship to continue research in the US as part of the PhD programme (2004).; Grant from the Kerr-Fry Bequest Committee of the University of Edinburgh to; Small Projects Grant from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust to cover travel costs to undertake preparatory research in the US as part of the PhD programme (2003).

Citation

Burton, K. (2004). The Chrysler Cycle. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Keywords

water; reflections; musical composition; architectural design; Chrysler building; vibrato; trilling; pitch; solo cello;

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