Polemiphony (music theatre)
by Mark Dunbar (1983)
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Polemiphony is a very 'tongue-in-cheek' music theatre piece that examines the profound influence of marxist dialectics on modern trends in Australian counterpoint. Not for the faint hearted, this work delighted audiences in Australia & Europe in the 1980s. It eagerly awaits its timely revival.
Instrumentation: Mezzo soprano (on a soap box), flute/alto flute, trombone/tambourine, percussion (1 player: snare drum, cymbal, whistle, glockenspiel, woodblock, crotale, triangle, darabuka, radio).
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Medium — contains contemporary performance techniques
Dedication note: dedicated to Victor Jara
Commission note: Commissioned by Australia Felix (Ensemble).
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
music theatre, opera, politics
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