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All those ways of leaving : for soprano, wind quartet and piano

by Stuart Greenbaum (2009)

Work Overview

These 6 interludes were written to accompany a live book reading of Nick Earls's short story, 'All Those Ways of Leaving'. They may also be played in their in their own right. If performed with the narration, as in the premiere, a text sectionalisation plan is available form the composer and permission would need to be sought from the author, Nick Earls.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Soprano, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano. Auxiliary percussion played by sextet includes triangle, temple bell and small ride cymbal. May be performed with or without story narration.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. The golden hair (oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano) -- II. Morphine (oboe, horn, bassoon, piano, temple bell) -- III. A day out (oboe, clarinet, piano, ride cymbal, triangle) -- IV. Leaving (it’s almost summer) (clarinet, bassoon) -- V. Another thing finished (soprano, horn, piano)  -- VI. The golden rope (escape) (full ensemble).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Nick Earls, Paul Dean

Commission note: Commissioned by Southern Cross Soloists with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Southern Cross Soloists, Nick Earls — 29 Nov 09. Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

The musical work does not set any of the words from the story (the soprano sings wordless phonetics). Copyright is vested fully in the music / composer, unless also performed with the story in which case there would be shared rights between the music and the story.


Performances of this work

15 Oct 2011: at All the Ways of Leaving (Lecture Hall, Port Fairy). Featuring Gladys Chua, Paul Dean, Michael Morley, Rachel Cashmore, Matty Kneale, Andrew Young, Merlyn Quaife.

29 Nov 09: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. Featuring Nick Earls, Southern Cross Soloists.

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