Velvet dreams : for SATB choir and orchestra
by Matthew Hindson (1999)
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Library shelf no. Q 782.554/HIN 3 [Available for loan]
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During a period of correspondence with the reclusive Australian violist-turned-truck-driver Jock Reby, my attention was directed towards a notepad of graffiti that Reby had transcribed from the toilet walls of an English Language School in Bangkok. It seems that the students of the school had used the practice of writing on toilet walls as a means of experimenting with their English.
Consequently it contained some quite bizarre interpretations of the English Language. One piece of writing referred incessantly to "velvet dreams", and their relationship to the writer's missing (romantic) partner. Despite the often-unclear nature of much of the text (what exactly is a "velvet dream"?), it was evident that the author felt very strongly about the subject.
This work for choir and orchestra has therefore utilised fragments of the so-called "Velvet Dreams" text, together with some extra texts written in a similar style by myself and the contemporary poet Sarah Hindson.
Instrumentation: SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C or B flat, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion (4 players), piano, strings (a tuba part may double the double bass part if desired).
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Amateur - professional.
Commission note: Commissioned by NSW Department of Education. Performing Arts Unit.. Commissioned for the 1999 Secondary School Choral Concerts
Text by Jock Reby (transcriptions) and Sarah Hindson.
- Influenced by: Popular music
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