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Point of ignition : for mezzo-soprano and full orchestra

by Helen Gifford (1997)

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano voice, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (4 players), celesta, harp, strings.

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Contents note: Point of ignition -- Abandoned gardens in the ranges -- The pointillist supreme -- Gothic gums -- Fallow day -- Country boy.

Dedication note: To Jessica and Kate

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

A setting of six poems by Jessica Aldridge.

Written while on a Composer Fellowship from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.


Resonate article: Helen Gifford: still writing, still modernist and still brilliant by Rosalind Appleby

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