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Velvet dreams : for SATB choir and orchestra

by Matthew Hindson (1999)

Velvet dreams

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Velvet dreams : for SATB choir and orchestra / by Matthew Hindson.

Library shelf no. Q 782.554/HIN 3 [Available for loan]

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Velvet dreams : vocal score, for SATB choir and piano / by Matthew Hindson.

Library shelf no. 782.554/HIN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1999

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

First performance: by Richard Gill, Pacific Games Symphony Orchestra, Combined NSW Schools Choir — 20 Jul 99. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia

Text by Jock Reby (transcriptions) and Sarah Hindson.

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Performances of this work

20 Jul 99: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia. Featuring Richard Gill, Pacific Games Symphony Orchestra, Combined NSW Schools Choir.

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