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Inferno : for clarinet and chamber ensemble

by Margery Smith (2006)

Works by Margery Smith.


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Works by Margery Smith.

Library shelf no. CD 1855 [Available for loan]



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Inferno : for clarinet & chamber ensemble / by Margery Smith

Library shelf no. Q 785.2219/SMI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Inferno was inspired by text from Dante's Inferno and paintings from the Inferno series by my brother and artist Pete Smith. Pete sent me the images as he worked on them at each stage, my initial ideas for the work came from my improvisations on clarinet that were worked into a fully notated score for the Sydney Omega Ensemble. The visceral text from Dante's Inferno was inspiring to work with.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Solo clarinet in B flat and A, flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, bassoon, horn in F, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Good amateur/professional

Contents note: I. A dark wilderness -- II. Ciacco -- III. Where all the boiling spirits shriek and scream -- IV. Eyes shed -- V. Curlybeard, dogscratcher and tusky swinetooth -- VI. Tears hardened to glass.

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Omega Ensemble with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Sydney Omega Ensemble — 15 Oct 06. Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Performances of this work

15 Oct 06: Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Sydney Omega Ensemble.

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