The Sands o' Dee : full orchestra
by Fred Hill (1987)
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Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones (tenor and bass), timpani (at least 3), percussion (1 player), strings.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Some divisi in upper strings.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Judith Harpur (partner d.1987)
Commission note: Commissioned by Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.
The form of the work, I think, recalls Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, particularly the climactic "death-blow" and final elegy.
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