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Thousands of bundled straw : movements one to seven

by David Young (2005)

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From the CD Thousands of bundled straw

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Thousands of bundled straw : movements one to seven / David Young.

Library shelf no. 783.66547/YOU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Composed between 1997 and 2005, 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

Work Details

Year: 2005

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.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. (clarinet in B flat, cello) -- II. (bass recorder, oboe, trumpet in C, violin, percussion) -- III. (soprano, oboe, cello, piano -- IV. (cor anglais, bass clarinet in B flat, tenor trombone, viola, double bass) -- V. (soprano (with 5 eggs), guitar) -- VI. (soprano, oboe, clarinet in E flat, alto trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano) -- VII. (soprano, bass recorder, oboe, clarinet in B flat, trumpet in C, tenor trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano).

Commission note: Individual movements commissioned separately, see each movement under related works for details.

First performance: 18 Oct 05. Melbourne International Arts Festival, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne

Individual movements can be purchased and performed separately.

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Performances of this work

12 Feb 2009: at Thousands of Bundled Straw... (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Deborah Kayser, Libra Ensemble.

18 Oct 05: Melbourne International Arts Festival, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne

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