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Ptolemy's onion : flute with string quartet

by Damien Ricketson (1998)

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ABC Classic AMP

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performed by Ensemble Offspring; Roland Peelman, conductor
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Ptolemy's onion : amplified flute & amplified string quartet / Damien Ricketson.

Library shelf no. 785.4415/RIC 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Ptolemy's Onion is based upon eight simple folk-like melodies. These melodies, however, are never literally heard. Rather, three 'orbiting bodies' manipulate the melodies influencing the purity or impurity of tone production, the harmonic consonance or dissonance and the general homogeneity or heterogeneity of the ensemble. As the patterns and alignments of these imaginary bodies cycle over time, they pull and shape the raw musical material like gravity.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Bass flute (doubling alto recorder), 2 violins, viola, violoncello (all instruments amplified).

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Spring Ensemble — 26 Sep 98. Ninth Sydney Spring International Festival of Contemporary Music, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney

Performances of this work

26 Sep 98: Ninth Sydney Spring International Festival of Contemporary Music, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney. Featuring Spring Ensemble.

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