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Symphony No. 2 : double planet

by Stuart Greenbaum (2010)

Also known as: Double planet

Symphony No. 2

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Symphony No. 2 : double planet / Stuart Greenbaum.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/GRE 10 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This symphony is concerned with miniaturisation, self-similarity and transformation. The shorter preview movements are 'fast-forward' representations of the two longer movements which themselves respond to pictures by the Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher whose work in general addresses these issues.

Double Planet (1949) shows two regular tetrahedrons intersecting as if they were one world. They are in fact two quite separate worlds: one a jungle with trees, mountains and dinosaurs, and the other a construction of palaces and bridges occupied by humans. It's a strange, uneasy proposition that (over half a century later) might be interpreted as humans being out of touch with the natural environment - creating for themselves an ivory tower from which they can view the jungle at a safe distance.

Day and Night (1938) is also symmetrical in design. The flock of birds that fly over the rural city and farmlands magically transform in direction (backwards & forwards), colour (black & white) and time (day and night).

The work was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is dedicated to my mother, Elizabeth Scarlett - herself a pianist and scholar with a PhD in Poulenc and a constant source of musical inspiration and heritage to me.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet in B flat, bassoon (doubling contra-bassoon), trumpet in C (doubling flugel horn), 2 trombones, percussion (3 players), harp, strings (2.2.2.2.1) Note: string section may be expanded

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: i) Preview #1 (2 min.) -- ii) Double Planet (8 min.) -- iii) Preview #2 (1 min.) -- iv) Day and Night (4 min.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Elizabeth Scarlett

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Loreto Mandeville Hall) on 29 Mar 2011

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Performances of this work

23 Mar 2012: at MSO (St Catherine's School). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

22 Mar 2012: at MSO (Ballarat Grammar). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

21 Mar 2012: at MSO (Huntingtower School). Featuring Brett Kelly, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

20 Mar 2012: at MSO (Footscray City College). Featuring Brett Kelly, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

30 Mar 2011: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS), Keilor Campus). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

1 Apr 2011: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Yarra Valley Grammar School). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

31 Mar 2011: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Caulfield Grammar School). Featuring Brett Kelly, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

29 Mar 2011: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Loreto Mandeville Hall). Featuring Brett Kelly, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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