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Seahorses : for percussion quartet

by Eve Duncan (2009)

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Performance by Speak Percussion from the CD Deleted on 7 Nov 13 Butterfly modernism

Butterfly modernism


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Butterfly modernism / chamber music by Eve Duncan.

Library shelf no. CD 2444 [Available for loan]



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Seahorses : for percussion quartet / Eve Duncan.

Library shelf no. 785.6814/DUN 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Seahorses explores the activity of the indigenous seahorses that live in Port Phillip Bay, that are at threat from dredging. These gentle, almost otherworldly sea creatures are territorial, and they cluster around their familiar localities such as inlets and piers, moving in and out of the native seagrasses.

Dredge is a collection of three works for percussion quartet that were composed as part of a collaborative work with photographer Siri Hayes. It consists of music, photography, photograms, a lightbox, video with both live and pre-recorded music. Issues arising from dredging in Port Phillip and Westernport Bays, Victoria, Australia, were used as metaphors for the layering of texture, substance and narrative with an aquatic focus. Ecologically sensitive areas of dredging, such as the risk to aquatic life , were explored concurrently with issues of rising sea levels.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Percussion quartet.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Arts Victoria.. Commissioned through Arts Victoria as a piece for 'Dredge' with photographer Siri Hayes, which explores issues relating to dredging in Port Phillip & Westernport bays

First performance: by Speak Percussion at Dredge (Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts) on 3 Jul 2010


Resonate article: Eve Duncan’s Butterfly Modernism by Corrina Bonshek


Performances of this work

9 Nov 2013: at Melbourne Composers League (Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton). Featuring Stephan Falk, Peter Neville, Timothy Phillips, Dan Richardson.

9 Nov 13: Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, VIC. Featuring Peter Neville, Timothy Phillips, Dan Richardson.

3 Jul 2010: at Dredge (Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts). Featuring Speak Percussion.

29 Jul 2010: at Listening Portraits (Gallerysmith). Featuring Speak Percussion.

11 Mar 2010: at Aquatic Listening (Grant Pirrie Gallery). Featuring Speak Percussion.

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