Thousands of bundled straw : soprano with ensemble
by David Young (2005)
From the CD Thousands of bundled straw
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This major work draws on Japanese mythology, the writings of Georges Perec and Italo Calvino, and the mangled fragments of English often used in Japanese advertising (sometimes called 'Japlish') on tourist brochures and biscuit packets.
'...complex, subtly nuanced and infinitesimally crafted... a minutely staged drama. One listens intently, as you might for the sound of frogs, crickets, strange characters and even spirits in an unfamiliar mountain village at night, while overhearing murmured conversation from another room. The work is dreamlike, floating just outside consciousness.' Chris Reid, RealTime
Instrumentation: Soprano (with 5 eggs), guitar, bass recorder, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet in B flat/clarinet in E flat/bass clarinet in B flat, trumpet in C, alto/tenor trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano.
Duration: 54 min.
Commission note: Movts IV, V and VI commissioned by the Libra Ensemble, Melbourne, with the financial assistance of the Australia Council.
Program note: David Young's "Thousands of Bundled Straw"
© Cynthia Troup
David Young (Yung?), a portrait
A portrait of Melbourne composer/artistic director David Young as he embarks on a project uncovering the mysteries of his paternal ancestry.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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