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Badlands suite (sextets: trombone, percussion, bass guitar, piano, violin, cello)

Audio Sample

Performance by David Chesworth Ensemble from the CD Badlands



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Badlands / David Chesworth Ensemble

Library shelf no. CD 508 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Badlands Suite is based on excerpts from Carl Orff's Musica Poetica, which David heard on the soundtrack for Terrence Malick's film Badlands. Later he bought a recording of Orff's Schulwerk, performed by German school children, and loved the uncomplicated nature of the repeating motifs and a certain unnerving quality that reminded him, in some ways, of his own music. The connection was strong enough for him to embark on the reworking of two excerpts from each work, which resulted in Badlands Suite.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Piano, violin, cello, trombone, pitched and non-pitched percussion, bass guitar.

Duration: 20 min.

Contents note: 4 pieces.

Based on excerpts from Carl Orff's Musica Poetica and Das Schulwerk.


Article: Debut for star ensemble
by Barbara Hebden — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Sunday Mail, 25 March 2001, pp.80

Resonate article: MONA FOMA 2012: Hobart embraces Australian new music by Janine Marshman

Performances of this work

15 Jan 2012: at David Chesworth Ensemble (Princes Wharf 1 (PW1), Hobart). Featuring David Chesworth Ensemble.

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