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Chimes, fractured : chamber ensemble

by Jennifer Fowler (1971)

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Performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins from the CD Works of Jennifer Fowler. Transcriptions Disc 1

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Work Overview

Chimes, Fractured is based on the interactions of independent, strongly flavoured instrumental sounds.

The idea arose during a visit to the Roman Catholic Liverpool Cathedral, where, inside the building an organist was practising; outside a skirl of bagpipes was adding colour to a Scottish wedding; and enveloping all these was the sound of bells. When standing in a position where these intersected in a balanced way, one could hear the independent strands breaking into, and fracturing each other; creating something new and different from the simple addition of several parts.

Chimes, Fractured does not attempt to recapture that chance experience. Rather, it explores some of the possibilities resulting from the combination of these distinctive elements, in a more deliberately structured way.

The ABC recording was taken to the International Rostrum of Composers, by the ABC in May 1972. It achieved the best result up to then by an Australian composer.

Work Details

Year: 1971

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons (1 doubling contrabassoon), 6 percussionists (timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tubular bells, antique cymbals, side drum), organ, bagpipes.

Duration: 9 min.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony, John Hopkins — 1 Feb 72.

The ABC took their recording of this piece to the International Rostrum of Composers, Paris, 1972.

Performances of this work

27 Feb 97: St Pauls Hall, University of Huddersfield, UK. Featuring University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, Margaret-Lucy Wilkins.

15 Mar 94: Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW1, UK. Featuring Royal College of Music Twentieth Century Ensemble, Edwin Roxburgh.

6 Feb 88: First Congrgational Church, Post & Mason Sts, San Francisco, USA. Featuring San Francisco Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Joann Falletta.

1 Feb 72: featuring Sydney Symphony, John Hopkins.

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