Mirror mirror : chamber ensemble
by Katherine Rawlings (2004)
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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?"
Instrumentation: Piano, 2 violins I, 2 violins II, 2 violas, cello. Conductor required.
Duration: 10 min.
First performance: University of Melbourne
Written for the Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award. Awarded 2003
Performances of this work
Unknown date: University of Melbourne
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