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Old 12-11-2019, 10:32 AM
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re: Joan Higdon's Blue Cathedral -


At the CSO concert last night, toward the end of this piece, I noticed the harp player looking like she was scratching her arm. Then I noticed several people in the orchestra, not playing but looking as if they were lightly shaking something in their closed hands. I thought I might have heard something very faintly, as if they were making some sort of noise, but I can't be sure. Anyone know what was happening?
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:29 PM
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They are using Baoding Balls. They make a quiet chime when you rotate them in your hand. You can see it in this performance starting at 14:40.

Iím guessing not many people have heard of this piece before, but by modern classical music standards, itís quite popular and is among the most performed orchestral pieces by a living American composer.

(NB: itís Jennifer Higdon, not Joan)
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:47 AM
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Excellent. Thanks very much. Yep - Jennifer, not Joan.
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