Take down the fiddle, Karl : baritone voice with chamber ensemble
by Fred Hill (2004)
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Take down the fiddle, Karl : from the Neilson Project, for baritone solo and string trio / words by John Shaw Neilson ; music by Fred Hill.
Library shelf no. Q 783.88542/HIL 1 [Available for loan]
Although this is a short work, I have aimed to evoke 3 distinct genres; the German Landler of the main melody depicts the relaxed after-hours mood of the workmen; the mechanical chatter of the strings reflects the tempo of the brutal labour; and the mysteries of the dark and spirit-haunted forests of Karl's faraway homeland. The references to Mendelssohn and Wagner are not accidental and perhaps mirror the impudence, irreverence - chutzpah - of the composer!
Instrumentation: Baritone voice, violin, viola, cello.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Double stops and special effects in all string parts
Dedication note: Dedicated to Bruce Ledden
Commission note: N/A
Setting of a poem written around the time of World War I.
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