Dispersal : for orchestra
by Brett Dean (2001)
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From the CD Works for orchestra [or] large ensemble
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Library shelf no. CD 1177 [Available for loan]
The verb "disperse" in its many and varied meanings serves as the
starting point for this piece. It can range in meaning from
scattering widely in different directions to the more
passive leavetaking to go in different ways, or even
more specific scientific terms, such as distributing small
particles in a medium (chemistry) or dividing white
light into its coloured constituents (physics). "Dispersal",
in colonial Australian parlance, was a widely used euphemism for
the pursuit and mass slaughter of Aborigines.
The quotation at the end is from Charles Hubert Parry's tune "Intercessor", which usually accompanies the hymn O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother by the American abolitionist poet, John Greenleaf Whittier.
Dispersal was co-commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras for the ASO's Federation Fanfare Project in the 2001 Concert Season and for the BBC Symphony's tour of Australia in May 2002.
Instrumentation: 3 flutes (all doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets in B flat (2nd and 3rd doubling bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns in F, piccolo trumpet in D, 3 trumpets in B flat (3rd doubling bass trumpet in E flat), 3 trombones (1st doubling bass trumpet if not played by 3rd trumpet), tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, strings.
Duration: 5 min.
- In the form/style of: Fanfares
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