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undone years, fire

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The undone years, fire : a concerto for tenor saxophone with strings, piano and timpani / David Keeffe.

by David Keeffe (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo saxophone, piano, timpani, string orchestra.


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The title of The Undone Years is a line from 'Strange Meeting' by the WWI war poet Wilfred Owen. Owen's poetry combines masterful poetic craft with the most unrestrained imagery and brings home his first-hand experience of the horrors of the Great War. The resulting work is of dark contrasts, exploring the idea of "what might have been", whether death and destruction or renewed life.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720115 28 3] — 1 score (52p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — The solo part is virtuosic and expects altissimo range and mutiphonics. The orchestral parts are moderate.

Duration: 25 mins

Contents note:

I. The undone years -- II. The old lie -- III. Spring wind -- IV. Legs as quick as lilac-shoots.

Dedicated to Jason Xanthoudakis

Commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis.

First performance by Jason Xanthoudakis, Bourbaki Ensemble, David Angell — 3 Apr 11. St Stephen's Church, Newtown, NSW

Includes program note and biographical notes on the composer.

The composer notes:
Compositionally, the work uses serial techniques but in a largely consonant soundworld.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720115 28 3

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