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A crimson carousel : for symphonic band

by David Keeffe (2013)

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A crimson carousel : for symphonic band / David Keeffe.

Library shelf no. 784.8/KEE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

While not programmatic, the work is an impression of a mysterious, perhaps haunted fairground, with allusions to malevolent controlling forces. While there is no musical link (apart from the the time signature), listeners might find modern-day parallels with Danse Macabre.

"A Crimson Carousel" portrays the macabre and the outlandish, but couched in the familiar rhythms of the waltz. Imagine entering a darkened fairground, with the remorseless tunes of the carousel drifting towards you. As you approach, the tunes become more distinct - but at the same time you become aware of darker forces at play. Is someone or something trying to control you, forcing you to join the dance? Do you struggle or give in?

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: For Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, but does not use Eb clarinet. Piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, 2 or 3 horns, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium — There are many shifting accent patterns within its uniform 3/4 metre. The first trumpet part is quite high.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Boroondara Symphonic Band

Written for: Boroondara Symphonic Band

First performance: by Boroondara Symphonic Band, David Keeffe at Music for all reasons (Holy Trinity Church (Kew)) on 21 Sep 2013

Performances of this work

25 Oct 2014: at The Crimson Carousel (St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond). Featuring Heidelberg Wind Ensemble, Stephen Carpenter.

27 Oct 2013: at Made in Melbourne (Richmond Town Hall). Featuring Grainger Wind Symphony, Roland Yeung.

21 Sep 2013: at Music for all reasons (Holy Trinity Church (Kew)). Featuring Boroondara Symphonic Band, David Keeffe.

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