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Butcher of Brisbane

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

The Butcher of Brisbane : Carnival for solo saxophone(s) and chamber ensemble / Nicholas Vines.

by Nicholas Vines (2006)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, flute (doubling piccolo), Bb clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion (2 players), piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
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    Performance by Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, Eliot Gattegno from the CD Torrid nature scenes


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The Butcher of Brisbane draws its inspiration from 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang', a 1977 story arc from the long-running BBC television series, Doctor Who. In this scenario, a cornucopia of material and intellectual artifacts from all sorts of real and imaginary times and places are made to work together to form a (more-or-less) coherent narrative. This carnivalesque quality provides the basic rationale for The Butcher of Brisbane, through both abstract concepts of syntax, and the musical, linguistic, aural and visceral content of the original drama. Similarly, the story's anti-hero, at one time or another a ghost, a god and a megalomaniac, dictates the character of the solo part. The relationship between saxophone and ensemble, furthermore, reflects this villain's vain struggle to impose his own 'pure' agenda on the aesthetic, scientific and ethical menagerie of his surroundings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 10 performance parts (164p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional, new-music specialist

Duration: 22 mins

Contents note:

1. Prologue -- 2. Act I: Magnus Creel -- 3. Interlude I -- 4. Act II: Weng Chiang -- 5. Interlude II -- 6. Act III: Theatre Spook -- 7. Epilogue.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Eliot Gattegno, Stephen Drury, and Callithumpian Consort.
Commission info: By Eliot Gattegno, Stephen Drury, and Callithumpian Consort.

First performance by Eliot Gattegno, White Rabbit (Musical group) — 22 Apr 06. John Knowles Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

Draws its inspiration from 'The talons of Weng-Chiang', a series of episodes from the BBC television series Doctor Who.

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