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Pentography (sextets: flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard, violin, cello)

by Fiona Hill (2018)

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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

Pentography (Pent - five, graphy - writing)

The work draws its extramusical inspiration from Traditional Chinese Medicine and the five seasons, where each season relates to a particular aspect of the mind, body and spirit.

Spring: Wind in heaven, wood on earth. Shouting sound, impatience, anger, dissatisfaction.

Summer: Heat in heaven, fire on earth. Growth, lightness, expansion, laughter, joy.

Earth: Harmonises the four seasons. Time stops, unity, harmony, dreamlike, tranquil.

Autumn: Dryness in heaven, metal on earth. Grief, gathering together, stillness, contraction.

Winter: Cold in heaven, water on earth. Receptive, introspective, stillness, spiritual essence.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Extended techniques, Section where ensemble plays in 2 different time signatures

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned as part of Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Women commissioning circle 2017.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Hark the Machine (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 11 Feb 2018

Performances of this work

11 Feb 2018: at Hark the Machine (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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