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After the Fires (bass clarinet with orchestra)

by David Keeffe (2020)

After the Fires


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After the Fires / David Keeffe.

Library shelf no. 784.2865186/KEE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

2020 was an annus horribilis for most of the world, starting with devastating fires in the southern hemisphere, hotly followed by the COVID-19 global pandemic which saw millions of people isolated through illness or attempts to control the spread of infection.

After the Fires was commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis in the latter part of 2020, and it draws on the contrasting and often contradictory moods we experienced as our lives were thrown into turmoil.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani, strings.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — advanced solo part, intermediate accompaniment

Contents note: I - Faces of Adversity -- II - Shapes of Isolation: Reflections and Diversions (soliloquy/cadenza) -- III - The End of the Tunnel  

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jason Xanthoudakis

Commission note: Commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis

First performance: by Jason Xanthoudakis, Orchestra of U3A Hawthorn, David Keeffe at After the Fires (James Tatoulis Auditorium, MLC (VIC)) on 1 May 2022

Performances of this work

1 May 2022: at After the Fires (James Tatoulis Auditorium, MLC (VIC)). Featuring Jason Xanthoudakis, Orchestra of U3A Hawthorn, David Keeffe.

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