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Sextet : 'Old kings in exile' : for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello and piano

by Brett Dean (2010)

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Performance by Australia Ensemble from the CD Works by Matthew Hindson, Richard Meale, Elena Kats-Chernin, Calvin Bowman, Sally Whitwell, Brett Dean.

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Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling alto flute and piccolo), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Prelude -- II. Double trio -- III. Postlude.

Dedication note: 'For my parents, Barry and Joy'

Commission note: Commissioned by Nash Ensemble, Australia Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird (Musical group) with funds provided by Barbara Wood, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Derek Wood.

First performance: by Nash Ensemble at Nash Ensemble (Drapers' Hall) on 4 Jul 2011

Awarded 'Work of the Year: Instrumental' at the 2012 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Winner Brett Dean

Performances of this work

29 Apr 2016: at Kupka's Piano (State Library of Queensland). Featuring Kupka's Piano.

18 Feb 2015: at Syzygy @ Brunswick Festival (Brunswick Uniting Church). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

16 Jul 2014: at Syzygy Ensemble (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

23 May 2014: at Kupka's piano (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Kupka's Piano.

23 Jul 2013: at Old Kings in Exile (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Soundstream Collective.

19 Jul 2013: at Old Kings in Exile (Elder Hall). Featuring Soundstream Collective.

13 Aug 2011: at Australia Ensemble @ UNSW (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

4 Jul 2011: at Nash Ensemble (Drapers' Hall). Featuring Nash Ensemble.

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