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Bhishma's death : funeral march for orchestra

by Nicholas Routley (2005, this version: 2008)

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Bhishma's death : for orchestra / Nicholas Routley

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/ROU 1 [Available for loan]

Bhishma's death

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Work Overview

This short piece is a funeral march for the death of Bhishma, the patriarch in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. Bhishma can choose the time of his own death, and, although mortally wounded, lies on the forest of arrows that have pierced his skin until the end of the war. He then passes on his wisdom to the Pandava brothers, and asks Arjuna for water. Arjuna shoots an arrow into the ground near his head, and water springs up. Then he dies.

Work Details

Year: 2005, this version: 2008

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Between amateur and professional

First performance: by Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Routley — 10 Apr 09. Darwin Entertainment Centre

Performances of this work

10 Apr 09: Darwin Entertainment Centre. Featuring Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Routley.

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