Still Image

Owen Underhill

Still Image has been performed in Burnaby, Calgary, Montréal and Vancouver…

Still Image was commissioned by François Houle in 2007. Composed in three movements, it utilizes selective extended effects for the clarinet including quartertones in the first movement. The second movement, which includes an improvised cadenza, is entirely based on ‘duotones’ (rather beautiful two-part multiphonics) that François introduced me to. The final movement is an energetic and compact dance with a slow introduction.

Although the title references still life painting and photography, the piece is at times in full motion. It is as if the frozen two-dimensional visual image comes to life as the aural microscope reveals the myriad of detail inside the sound world. As the magnification increases, the tone splits and the rhythm comes into full animation. Still Image was premiered by François and Quatuor Bozzini. I revised the first and second movements in 2011, simplifying the structure and bringing into relief the clarinet part.

Premiere

  • November 6, 2007, François Houle, clarinet • Music on Main, The Cellar, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

Still Image

  • Composer(s): Owen Underhill
  • Year of composition: 2007-11
  • Duration: 17:54
  • Instrumentation: string quartet and clarinet
  • Commission: François Houle with support from the British Columbia Arts Council
Movements
On disc
Concerts
6 Nove 2007
20h00
GoldsteinOesterleUnderhillVivier
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
8 Nove 2007
12h30
OesterleTenneyUnderhill
In person
Burnaby (British Columbia, Canada)
29 Sept 2011
20h00
Série QB
Underhill
In person
Montréal (Québec)
26 Febr 2012
20h00
Underhill
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
3 Marc 2012
20h00
Underhill
In person
Calgary (Alberta, Canada)