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Der Ost-Westspiegel : for solo accordion

by Peter McNamara (2012)

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Performance by James Crabb from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 56

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 56


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 56

Library shelf no. CD 2654 [Available for loan]

Der ost-westspiegel


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Der ost-westspiegel : for solo accordion / Peter McNamara.

Library shelf no. 788.86/MCN 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Der Ost-Westspiegel was written specifically for the internationally renowned accordionist James Crabb, and expresses the various contrasts of eastern and western Sydney. These contrasts and differences are numerous, such as the disparity in poverty, geographical contrasts and space, development, and numerous others. This also includes cultural differences such as indigenous and eastern/western culture contrasts and how we often misunderstand each other.

These aesthetic themes are related to the work's musical material in a number of ways. Firstly, extreme contrasts in musical material such as the register and/or character (light or dark for example). This material is also organised in a symmetrical structure. Symmetry, in fact, is another important feature, with much of the work's pitch material arranged in patterns as if there was a mirror image. This also relates back to the theme of the work, as a person from either the east or west would see a different reflection in the mirror depending on their circumstances.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Accordion.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre.. Commissioned on behalf of Campbelltown City Council

First performance: by James Crabb at James Crabb in concert (Campbelltown Arts Centre) on 28 Oct 2012

Performances of this work

27 Feb 2014: at James Crabb in Concert (Hobart Town Hall). Featuring James Crabb.

28 Oct 2012: at James Crabb in concert (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring James Crabb.

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