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Match Struck Twice

Sheet Music: Score

A Match Struck Twice : for soprano solo, choir, taiko drums and large orchestra / Damian Barbeler.

by Damian Barbeler (2018)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano, 3-part choir, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 3 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion (players), Taiko drums, piano, acoustic guitars, strings. Production includes projected images.
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In creating a music on the theme of justice I wanted to compose something which would cause my audience to reflect on injustice in their own lives. To this end the work evokes a range of complex emotions. It is sometimes cruel, disturbing and even violent in tone. At other times there is a sense of 'rising up', of rebellion and protest. And finally there is a kind of defiant celebration.
This complexity in emotion was helped by the contribution of yr 9 students from the Extension English class. They wrote the lyrics. There is strong emotion in their words. They are frustrated by the world we adults have created. They are very aware of the world's injustices and feel a genuine desire for change. Their words "A match struck twice, she burns again" suggests someone who had been hurt one too many times and now is inspiring us to do more.
There is some specific word painting here. We hear a literal representations of 'striking' in the piano and the tambourine. Early in the piece these strikes give injustice the ascendency. This darker side of humanity is reinforced via visual images created specifically for this piece by Tim Jetis in a section I refer to as a "silent aria".
In the third and final section, the tables are turned, the Taiko drums enter one by one, ushering in a sense of change. The lyrics tell us that "one becomes two, two becomes three" as the movement for change gathers momentum. From here the music is like an unstoppable force, driven by optimistic but determined youth: dragging us towards a more just future.
Let me say a brief thank you to all my colleges who have helped realise this ambitious project. The students in this work are performing sometimes complex, professional standard music. it was only with the help of the enthusiastic and talented staff of the performing arts department at Monte Sant' Angelo that this work could have be achieved. Thanks to all.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (22p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Combined Schools Work

Duration: 12 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, Sydney

First performance by Amber Thomas — 1 Nov 18. Performing Arts Centre, Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, Sydney

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ISMN: 979-0-67311-126-4

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