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House of the beehives

Sheet Music: Score

House of the beehives : for flute, oboe & fixed-media / Melody Eötvös.

by Melody Eötvös (2015)


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Originally inspired by Italo Calvino's Difficult Loves, this work explores several different facets of the fascinating yet grisly tale The House of the Beehives. I won't reveal much about the story here except for that I've grouped the tale into four thematic areas, the first of which returns at the end, full circle.

Like a sinking memory-go-round The result is a prickly, pagan-esk unfolding that begins with the opening chorale theme, and slowly sinks into an uncertain world that wavers somewhere in between the lost and the found --- unmasking the central character as an alienated but profoundly content human being.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (34p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

Contents note:

I. Hermit (chorale)  -- II. Bees (toccata)  -- III. Into the Woods (the wall)  -- IV. The Encounter ... to see the terror and shame in her eyes -- V. The Hermit.

Commission info: Commissioned by Julian Burnside.

First performance by Inventi Ensemble at BIFEM: Inventi (Strategem Studio, Ulumbarra Theatres) on 5 Sep 2015

Includes programme notes and performance directions.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-900974-87-7

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