I have a question for anyone who has played ‘The Crown of Ariadne’ by Raymond Murray Schafer. I’m struggling with the passage at the end of Dance of the Night Insects, after the singing through the tube bit.
Does anyone know what he means by the instruction next to the octave B at the end of the penultimate line, “Touch top string with tuning key to lower 1/4 tone”
Of course, it would be easy to RAISE the string a quarter tone by touching or pressing it, but how to LOWER it?! I’m really stuck! I would think it was a misprint if it wasn’t for the fact that there’s also a downward arrow and he uses the effect twice more.
Please help if you know the answer!