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Eileen's Vision : for percussionist and speaker

by Christina Green (2015)

Eileen's Vision


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Work Overview

The piece is a setting of 'Eileen's Vision', a poem by NYC-based poet Eileen Myles (b. 1949). The work was written for Sydney percussionist Kaylie Dunstan, who completed a research Masters in the area of 'percussion theatre', by performance and thesis. It was written with an appreciation of the range of works that Dunstan is interested in - this includes works for percussion and voice, for 'actor percussionist', and works involving improvised elements.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Percussionist and speaker, one or two performers.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Percussion and speaking part performed by either a single performer, or two performers. If by a single performer, this requires a high level of skill. Percussion part requires fast movement between two instruments.

Commission note: Written for Kaylie Dunstan, percussionist, by arrangement, as part of Doctorate of Creative Arts folio, with support from Western Sydney University.

First performance: by Kaylie Dunstan at Percussion Theatre (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 26 Feb 2016

Myles's poem depicts details of home life with her dog. The musical form is built around the text, and the musical style is basically tonal.


Eileen's Vision

Performances of this work

2 Nov 2018: at Something Will Happen (Barbiturates). Featuring Kaylie Dunstan.

26 Feb 2016: at Percussion Theatre (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Kaylie Dunstan.

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