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The undone years - fire : concerto for tenor saxophone with strings, piano and timpani

by David Keeffe (2010)

Work Overview

The title of The Undone Years is a line from 'Strange Meeting' by the WWI war poet Wilfred Owen. Owen's poetry combines masterful poetic craft with the most unrestrained imagery and brings home his first-hand experience of the horrors of the Great War. The resulting work is of dark contrasts, exploring the idea of "what might have been", whether death and destruction or renewed life.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Solo saxophone, piano, timpani, string orchestra.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The solo part is virtuosic and expects altissimo range and mutiphonics. The orchestral parts are moderate.

Contents note: I. The undone years -- II. The old lie -- III. Spring wind -- IV. Legs as quick as lilac-shoots.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jason Xanthoudakis

Commission note: Commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis.

First performance: by Jason Xanthoudakis, Bourbaki Ensemble, David Angell — 3 Apr 11. St Stephen's Church, Newtown, NSW

The composer notes:
Compositionally, the work uses serial techniques but in a largely consonant soundworld.


Performances of this work

3 Apr 11: St Stephen's Church, Newtown, NSW. Featuring Jason Xanthoudakis, Bourbaki Ensemble, David Angell.

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