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Ensemble Offspring: Elegy


Ensemble Offspring: Elegy

  • Date: Friday, 4 February 2022, 8pm
  • Venue: Online — , Australia
  • Tickets: General: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

In the third Offspring for All digital concert, Ensemble Offspring honours the lives of three monumental composers lost to us in 2021 with performances of six works from the catalogues of musical revolutionaries Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski and Ian Shanahan.

Benjamin Kopp (piano) and Christopher Pidcock (cello) open with Andriessen’s reflective and romantic Elegy, followed by a 2017 piano solo which reveals the composer’s sense of humour. Ensemble Offspring present Rzewski’s epic jazz-inspired quartet Song and Dance, and Claire Edwardes – equipped with simple clay flower pots – recites his spiritualistic homage To The Earth. Jason Noble (clarinets) pays tribute to the late Australian icon Ian Shanahan with his mesmerising solo performance of Pastels, and is joined by Edwardes (percussion) to close the concert with Shanahan’s formidable Echoes/Fantasies.


Louis AndriessenElegy for cello & piano (1975) 5’
Louis AndriessenRimsky or La Monte Young for piano solo (2017) 3’
Frederic RzewskiSong and Dance for flute, bass clarinet, double bass & vibraphone (1977) 20′
Frederic RzewskiTo The Earth for percussion solo (1985) 9’30
Ian ShanahanPastels for clarinet solo (1982) 6′
Ian ShanahanEchoes/Fantasies for bass clarinet & vibraphone (1984) 7’30

Program duration: 70 mins

Offspring for All is Ensemble Offspring’s digital series, bringing a handful of our highlight concerts each year to hungry ears from around Australia and the world. This ongoing initiative will stream live and pre-recorded concerts to YouTube which will then be available on-demand on our website.

Featured non-Australian music: Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to admin@ensembleoffspring.com

Featured Australian Works

Echoes/Fantasies : bass clarinet and percussion (1984) by Ian Shanahan
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Pastels : clarinet solo (1984) by Ian Shanahan
— performed by Jason Noble

Featured artists

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