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Mirror mirror : for piano quintet

by Katherine Rawlings (2004, this version: 2005)

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Performance by Marianne Broadfoot, Lindsay Gilroy, Kerry Martin, Joanna Tobin, Clare Kahn from the CD Lucid dreaming

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Lucid dreaming : a concert of works / by Katherine Rawlings

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Work Overview

The advertising industry uses touched-up images of semi-naked models to sell everything from cars to carrots. In this way, the industry seeks to manipulate us into thinking we need expensive material possessions to be better, happier and more attractive people. The advertising industry often preys on people's insecurities, by overtly and covertly criticising others, dictating the correct way to dress, act and think in order to be considered an acceptable member of society. In fact, they are so busy reminding us of how much we don't have and how inadequate we are, that it's a wonder anyone could be considered to feel much contentment at all! Based on these ideas, this musical work portrays a disintegration of the human ego/self under the influence of mass media advertising, which leads to confusion and breakdown. A later return to stability represents the cyclic pattern of desire, (temporary) happiness and emptiness to be had through the pursuit of material possessions.
The title makes reference to the famous line from Snow White:
"Mirror mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?"

Work Details

Year: 2004, this version: 2005

Instrumentation: Piano, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Work revised 2014

Performances of this work

Unknown date: University of Melbourne

10 Feb 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Marianne Broadfoot, Lindsay Gilroy, Kerry Martin, Joanna Tobin, Clare Kahn.

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