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After and before : for flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, violin, cello

by Tim Dargaville (2017)

Work Overview

"before and after follow each other"

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Book I

This is a music of enigmatic recurrences, inspired by the re-reading of a book I have returned to many times. My father's copy of Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", which he gave to me when I was young, has given much nourishment and insight over the years. In particular, essential Taoist ideas of the returning and deepening of experience into wisdom, and also the integration of opposites into a unified whole, have been significant in my own life understandings, and as such are also important in the formation of this music.

"After and Before" is structured into two complementary movements, seemingly contrasting to each other but actually derived from the same material. Both movements have almost exactly the same duration, and each references the other, recalling the archetypal image of the yin yang, where each half contains the seed of its complementary opposite.

Tim Dargaville

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute (1 player), Bb clarinet/bass clarinet (1 player), piano, violin, cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Syzygy Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Laila Engle.

First performance: by Syzygy Ensemble at Claire de Lune (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon) on 10 Jul 2018

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After and before, by Tim Dargaville

"before and after follow each other" Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Book I My father's copy of Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", which he gave to me when I was young, has given much nourishment and insight over the years. In particular, essential Taoist ideas of the returning and deepening of experience into wisdom, and also the integration of opposites into a unified whole, have been significant in my own life understandings, and as such are also important in the formation of this music. Tim Dargaville

 

Performances of this work

25 Oct 2019: at Syzygy Ensemble (McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

18 Aug 2019: at Macedon Music presents Syzygy Ensemble (Macedon Music). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

10 Jul 2018: at Claire de Lune (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

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