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Chorales from an ox life

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Chorales from an ox life : for viola, cello and double bass / Andrew Ford.

by Andrew Ford (2009)

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Chorales from an Ox Life (2007)
for viola and double bass (trio version for viola, cello and double bass, 2009)

Near the end of my opera, Rembrandt's Wife, Sue Smith's libretto has the eponymous artist at work on his famous painting of a slaughtered ox hanging up in an abattoir or butcher's shop. His work on the painting is obsessive, at one level an escape from the problems of daily life. In the context of this particular painting, our Rembrandt refers to his work - the secret, driven, obsessive work of any artist, which, partly through its solitary nature, non-artists sometimes find hard to understand - as his "ox life". While sketching ideas for the opera in late 2007, and thinking about this crucial scene, I came up with a sequence of chords which I found myself repeating over and over at the piano, rather like the painter dabbing away at his canvas. The chords found their way into the opera, but they also form the basis for the gently obsessive music of this duo.

Chorales from a Ox Life was commissioned by the bassist Robert Nairn for him to play with violist Heidi von Bernewitz, and it is dedicated to the two of them.

© A.F.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 3 performance parts (17p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins

First performance by Christa Jardine, Richard Vaudrey, Douglas Rutherford at Icarus - Music of Andrew Ford (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)) on 23 Apr 2009

This trio version was made from the original duo (viola, double bass) because some of the bass harmonic double stoppings were found to be impossible to get in tune.

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