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Ten suns ablaze (septets: flute, clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello)

by Maria Grenfell (2012)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Ten Suns Ablaze is inspired by a Chinese legend. Once it was believed there were ten sun-birds (representing the sun, in Chinese mythology) that lived in a mulberry tree. The Mother of the Sun-birds took them out in her chariot one at a time. But one day all ten sun-birds became bored of their routine and decided to go out into the sky together and play games. The earth became dry and scorched, the rivers dried up, crops died and the people starved. Emperor Yao was angry. He called for the best archer, Houyi, to frighten them with his bow and arrows, but Houyi was so angry at the people's suffering that he shot them down. Emperor Yao hurried to stop him at the ninth one so as not to leave the world in total darkness. Houyi agreed, and was hailed as a hero.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Sean Buck for performance by Australia Ensemble.

First performance: by Australia Ensemble at Australia Ensemble @UNSW Lunch hour workshop (Leighton Hall) on 18 Oct 2012

Winner of the Tasmanian State award (Work of the Year: Instrumental), 2013 Australian Art Music Awards.


Performances of this work

13 Oct 2018: at Forces of Nature (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

20 Oct 12: John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Featuring Australia Ensemble.

18 Oct 2012: at Australia Ensemble @UNSW Lunch hour workshop (Leighton Hall). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

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