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Jonestown threnody : string orchestra

by David Chisholm (2008)

re-sound: Sublating the symbol


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re-sound: Sublating the symbol : an album of Australian work.

Library shelf no. CD 2783 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Jonestown Threnody was inspired by Stanley Nelson's extraordinary 2006 documentary Jonestown: The life and death of the People's Temple and was written to mark the 30 year anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, the largest mass suicide in modern history.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: 2 Violins, 2 viola, 2 cellos, double bass.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Extremely complex rhythm and colour requirements

Dedication note: Dedicated to the children of Jonestown.

Commission note: Commissioned by EMPAC (Experimental Media Performing Arts Center, New York) and BalletLab as a source work for MIRACLE.

First performance: by International Contemporary Ensemble, Eric Dudley — Nov 08. EMPAC, NY


Resonate article: Arcko Symphonic Project - Pulling Strings by Mark Viggiani

Performances of this work

17 Jul 2010: at Particle Zoo II (Meat Market (Arts House)). Featuring Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.

30 May 2009: at Pulling Strings (Richmond Uniting Church). Featuring Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Timothy Phillips.

Nov 08: EMPAC, NY . Featuring International Contemporary Ensemble, Eric Dudley.

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