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Taste Trew, Ryan McLean


Taste is a work for a medium sized orchestra consisting of four movements and is approximately 23 minutes in length. Each movement is a musical illustration of one of the four traditional basic physiological tastes as perceived by humans: bitter, sour, sweet and salty. To represent the four physiological tastes musically, this work applies three unifying conceptual devices. The first device is the assimilation of the physical properties of taste into musical properties including form and texture. The second device associates both taste and sound with human emotions. The third device is the application of varied styles of music, or “polystylism” as representation of different aesthetic preferences or “tastes.” By presenting each taste in the context of a musical composition, this work draws a link between the human sense of taste and the sense of hearing.

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