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Dunsinane : for large orchestra

by Philip Jameson (2014)



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Dunsinane : for large orchestra / Philip Jameson.

Library shelf no. 784.2/JAM 1 [Available for loan]


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Work Overview

Dunsinane has three main sections. In the opening section, the strings rise against throbbing woodwinds, muted brass, and percussion. In the next section, open brass instruments emerge as a competing force, urged on by a pounding bass drum. The music comes to a roaring climax, followed by a long silence. In the final section, the strings return for a shadowy encore. They make a lonely ascent to their high register, and disappear.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B flat, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, side drum, tenor drum, bass drum, tam-tam, tubular bells, harp, and strings.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Youth Orchestra.. Commissioned for National Music Camp 2014

First performance: by Bishop Orchestra (AYO National Music Camp), Alexandre Bloch at AYO National Music Camp: orchestral concert # 3 (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music) on 18 Jan 2014

The composer notes the following influences on this work:
the music of Béla Bartok, Igor Stravinsky and György Ligeti.

Performances of this work

18 Jan 2014: at AYO National Music Camp: orchestral concert # 3 (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Bishop Orchestra (AYO National Music Camp), Alexandre Bloch.

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