Fast ride in a suave machine : for orchestra
by Katy Abbott (2006)
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Fast Ride in a Suave Machine is a play on a well-known tune. Sometimes, when we re-visit rhymes that we knew as children, it is a curious revelation to understand the true and gruesome nature of the text. Examples of this are Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie which had its origins in the era of the Black Plague or Rock-a-bye-Baby, where the baby falls 'cradle and all'.
Whilst singing 'Three Blind Mice' to my children one day, the grisly nature of the text suddenly became apparent. Hence, the music is fast paced and 'fun' in nature yet it also alludes to the dark side of the text... I imagine the farmers wife, chasing mice around her kitchen with a large butchers knife!
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (or 1), 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons (or 1), 2 horns, 2 trumpets in B flat, trombone (doubling possible), tuba (optional), timpani, percussion (1 player), strings (preferably 10/8/6/4/2 but a smaller section may be used).
Duration: 7 min.
Dedication note: "Dedicated to all at Orchestras Australia, and my Mum, Val".
Commission note: Commissioned by Orchestras Australia with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.. This work was commissioned by Orchestras Australia as part of a composer attachment in 2005/06. It was supported with the assistance of the Australia Council Music Board in a new initiative titled ‘Composer_Connecting_Community’.
First performance: by Kevin Cameron — 19 Aug 06. Performed by Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, at Pembroke School, South Australia
Work revised in 2010
Performances of this work
19 Aug 06: Performed by Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, at Pembroke School, South Australia. Featuring Kevin Cameron.
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