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Pasquino : symphonic wind band

by David Keeffe (2016)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Pasquino is part of a series of works exploring relationships, and is a caricature of the typical romantic comedy plot:

"two lonely people meet and there is a bit of a spark; they meet again and something develops; all is not quite right but after a bit more involvement it all ends happily and there's a big party."

The title "Pasquino" comes from a battered classical statue in Rome where, since the early 1500s, locals have pasted up satires and parodies making political and social comment, and incidentally has given us the word "pasquinade".
Compositionally, Pasquino varies and develops a single theme, using the rock ballad and modern chromatic harmony to parody each other. And like the statue, each variation is pasted directly over/after the previous one, with a deliberate mixture of styles sometimes incongruous and sometimes not.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Symphonic Wind Ensemble with drum kit. 

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — While the work overall is about band grade 4, high trumpet parts and syncopated rhythms might push it into grade 5.

Commission note: Composed at the invitation of the Grainger Wind Symphony for its "Made in Australia" series of concerts

First performance: by Grainger Wind Symphony, David Keeffe at Made in Australia (St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond) on 5 Mar 2016

Performances of this work

5 Mar 2016: at Made in Australia (St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond). Featuring Grainger Wind Symphony, David Keeffe.

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