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Moments of bliss : for large orchestra

by Brett Dean (2004)

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Library shelf no. CD 2029 [Available for loan]

Moments of bliss


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Moments of bliss : for large orchestra / Brett Dean

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/DEA 7 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: 4 flutes (4th doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 4 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling clarinet in E flat, 3rd doubling bass clarinet, 4th doubling contrabass clarinet), 3 bassoons (2nd doubling whirly tube, 3rd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), 2 harps, electric guitar, piano (doubling celesta), synthesiser, strings (

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Contents note: 1. Hotel room (Awakening) -- 2. Heart of the matter -- 3. Knocking at the hellgate -- 4. Family secrets.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Markus Stenz and Alice Heiliger

Commission note: Commissioned by Symphony Australia.. Written as part of the Resident Artist/Composer Attachment Programme of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz — 2 Dec 04. Hamer Hall, Melbourne

This work signifies a first station on the long journey of writing my first full length opera based on 'Bliss', the first novel [by] Peter Carey.

Awarded 'Best Composition by an Australian Composer' at the 2005 APRA-Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2005 Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer Winner Brett Dean


Performances of this work

12 Mar 2016: at Toronto Symphony: Knocking at the Hellgate (Dean) (Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto, Canada)). Featuring Russell Braun, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian.

4 Dec 04: Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz.

2 Dec 04: Hamer Hall, Melbourne. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz.

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