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7 great inventions of the modern industrial age

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The 7 great inventions of the modern industrial age / music by Sally Greenaway ; inspired by J.S. Bach.

by Sally Greenaway, Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Actor or actress, laptop (trigger electronic audio), flute (doubling alto flute), clarinet in Bb (doubling bass clarinet), percussion (1 player), piano, violin, cello.
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Embark upon a provoking and entertaining journey through 7 innovations that continue to shape humanity, the way we behave and the way we think.

Humanity has always sought to extend the boundaries of knowledge through innovation and discovery.
Yet, just over a hundred years ago there was no space travel, bionic ear, cinema, telephone network…
Or atomic bomb.

The innovation of the 20th century created opportunities and choices like never before.
And it changed us.

New music, old objects, an actor/ress and a chamber sextet combine in a dramatic work inspired by 20th century inventions that changed our lives forever.

Driven by celebrated Australian composer Sally Greenaway, featuring new music champions Syzygy Ensemble, a delightful and whimsical script by Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser brought to life through a local actor (cast for each show). Accompanied by stunning set and lighting design with over 100 historic 20th C. items long forgotten or since taken for granted.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (101p. -- B4 (portrait))

Duration: 59 min.

Contents note:

1. Invention-Reinvention -- 2. Telecommunications -- 3a. Prelude to Convenience -- 3b. The Age of Convenience -- 4. The Mechanical Brain -- 5a. And So Begins Massed World Warfare -- 5b. Postlude: Hymn to Freedom -- 6. The Miracles of Modern Medicine -- 7. The Advent of Cinema -- 8. Finale: The 7 Great Inventions.

Commission info: This work was made possible with thanks to the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission.

First performance by Syzygy Ensemble at Syzygy & Greenaway (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre) on 27 Apr 2016

Includes programme notes and script.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2017.

ISMN: 979-0-720174-19-8

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