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Fast ride in a suave machine

Sheet Music: Score

Fast ride in a suave machine : for large orchestra / Katy Abbott ; arranged by Steven Stanke.

by Katy Abbott (2020)


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Fast Ride in a Suave Machine is a play on a well-known tune. Sometimes, when we re-visit rhymes that we knew as children, it is a curious revelation to understand the true and gruesome nature of the text. Examples of this are Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie which had its origins in the era of the Black Plague or Rock-a-bye-Baby, where the baby falls 'cradle and all'.

Whilst singing 'Three Blind Mice' to my children one day, the grisly nature of the text suddenly became apparent. Hence, the music is fast paced and 'fun' in nature yet it also alludes to the dark side of the text... I imagine the farmers wife, chasing mice around her kitchen with a large butchers knife!

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (38p. -- B4 (portrait))

Duration: 6 mins, 45 sec.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the orchestras and conductgors who have performed the work. "Also to my Mum, Val, with love"
Commission info: This work was commissioned by Orchestras Australia as part of a composer attachment in 2005/06. It was supported with the assistance of the Australia Council Music Board in a new initiative titled ‘Composer_Connecting_Community’.

Includes program notes.

This version arranged by Steven Stanke in 2020.

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ISMN: 979-0-720243-68-9

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