The 7 great inventions of the modern industrial age (dramatic music)
by Paul Bissett, Sally Greenaway and Catherine Prosser (2016)
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Embark upon a provoking and entertaining journey through 7 innovations that continue to shape humanity, the way we behave and the way we think.
Humanity has always sought to extend the boundaries of
knowledge through innovation and discovery.
Yet, just over a hundred years ago there was no space travel, bionic ear, cinema, telephone network…
Or atomic bomb.
The innovation of the 20th century created opportunities and
choices like never before.
And it changed us.
New music, old objects, an actor/ress and a chamber sextet combine in a dramatic work inspired by 20th century inventions that changed our lives forever.
Driven by celebrated Australian composer Sally Greenaway, featuring new music champions Syzygy Ensemble, a delightful and whimsical script by Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser brought to life through a local actor (cast for each show). Accompanied by stunning set and lighting design with over 100 historic 20th C. items long forgotten or since taken for granted.
Instrumentation: Actor or actress, laptop (trigger electronic audio), flute (doubling alto flute), clarinet in Bb (doubling bass clarinet), percussion (1 player), piano, violin, cello.
Duration: 59 min.
Contents note: 1. Invention-Reinvention -- 2. Telecommunications -- 3a. Prelude to Convenience -- 3b. The Age of Convenience -- 4. The Mechanical Brain -- 5a. And So Begins Massed World Warfare -- 5b. Postlude: Hymn to Freedom -- 6. The Miracles of Modern Medicine -- 7. The Advent of Cinema -- 8. Finale: The 7 Great Inventions.
Commission note: Commissioned by Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission with funds provided by Melbourne Recital Centre, Merlyn Myer Fund.. This work was made possible with thanks to the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission.
Awards & Prizes
|2017||Art Music Awards: State Awards||Winner: ACT State Award||Sally Greenaway|
Performances of this work
29 Jul 17: Street Theatre, Canberra. Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.
28 Jul 17: Street Theatre, Canberra. Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.
27 Jul 17: The Street Theatre. Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.
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