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Circus sweet (quintets: saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass)

by Carla Thackrah (2004)

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Work Overview

The film was created with edited archival footage of circus and circus-like happenings from the 1920s to 1940s. I'm a film maker as well as a composer and I edited the film to create a quirky and slightly dark take on our circus past. The footage was largely sourced from the Australian Film and Sound Archive. The music was written to be performed as a live accompaniment to the film however it can be performed alone.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Violin, viola, saxophone, piano, double bass, CD accompaniment (optional but recommended), DVD film with click tracks and accompaniment (optional).

Duration: 30 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Synching live music to click tracks and film. Technical difficulty for instruments.

Contents note: Word waltz -- Dance of the workers -- Fly salsa -- Monkey waltz -- China dance -- Milonga de la slums -- Stilletto tango.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Topology

Commission note: Commissioned by Topology with funds provided by Arts Queensland, Australia Council.

First performance: by Topology — 15 Oct 04. The Block Theatre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

The music is based on the traditional dance suite - with waltzes, a salsa, tango, milonga - all with a twist.


Stilletto Tango from Circus Sweet
Word Waltz from Circus Sweet


Performances of this work

15 Oct 04: The Block Theatre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Featuring Topology.

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