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Work

Image & refraction (octets: brass, string, woodwind)

by Ross Fiddes (1987, this version: 1997)

Audio Sample

Performance by Gerald Krug from the CD Fiddes works

Fiddes works

Non-Commercial

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CD

Fiddes works : music of Ross Fiddes

Library shelf no. CD 1612 [Available for loan]

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Non-Commercial

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CD

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Library shelf no. CD 2734 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This brief work was commissioned by the dedicatees - Gerald Krug (conductor) and the Western Australia Arts Orchestra, the then orchestra for the Western Australia Opera, for inclusion in a concert by the orchestra.

As its name implies, the work is in two sections. The Image based on two thematic ideas is solemn, sometimes monolithic. It has been described as inhabiting a still and melancholy world, like a bleak landscape. Attempts are made to break the mood with
brighter colours and slivers of light without success, until the Refraction bends, distorts and combines the Image themes in music which is assertive, affectionate, even ardent - the Image as seen through a jocular prism.

Work Details

Year: 1987, this version: 1997

Instrumentation: Clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gerald Krug, WA Arts Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by WA Arts Orchestra.

First performance: by WA Arts Orchestra, Gerald Krug — Mar 87. Perth, WA

Performances of this work

Mar 97: Perth, WA. Featuring WA Arts Orchestra, Gerald Krug.

1991: performed as a modern ballet created on the score. Featuring Dance Nouveau.

May 90: featuring The Hunter Orchestra, Roland Peelman.

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