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Queensland at home (quintets: saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass)

by Robert Davidson (2009)

Queensland at home


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Queensland at home / Robert Davidson

Library shelf no. 785.2415/DAV 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Composed as a film piece with Sally Golding. Home movies from the State Library of Queensland, most dating from the 1920s-1930s, depict unstaged daily domestic life with music that is tender, direct, exciting and ultimately elegaic.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, violin, viola, double bass, piano. (Normally performed with the film by Sally Golding, but may be performed as instrumental music)

Duration: 42 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Some parts are easy, others require rhythmic expertise

Commission note: Commissioned by Queensland Music Festival.

First performance: by Topology at Queensland at Home (Majestic Theatre, Pomona) on 1 Aug 2009

Co-composed with Julia Davidson.

The composer cites as influences on the work: film music, Terry Riley, Erik Satie, Sufjan Stevens, Jon Brion, Thomas Newman.

May be played without film, but the piece is designed to be performed with Sally Golding's film, the performers synchronising by use of a click track.


Performances of this work

12 Oct 2010: at Queensland at Home - TOPOLOGY (St Andrew's Church, Brisbane City). Featuring Topology.

2 Aug 2009: at Queensland at Home (Brisbane Powerhouse). Featuring Topology.

1 Aug 2009: at Queensland at Home (Majestic Theatre, Pomona). Featuring Topology.

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