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Strange meeting : large chamber ensemble

by David Keeffe (2007)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

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

Strange Meeting is a setting of Wilfred Owen's poem of the same name, and illustrates and underpins the text. The narrative follows the descent of a dead soldier into hell, (or perhaps his last thoughts as he dies), meeting former foes as he does so.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, 2 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Exposed parts everywhere, florid movement in WW and strings, high trumpet

First performance: at Synaesthesia Triple Bill at Mudfest 2013 (Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne) on 22 Aug 2013

The harmonic langugage is broadly octatonic.

The percussion part could possibly be managed by one player with the right setup.

Performances of this work

22 Aug 2013: at Synaesthesia Triple Bill at Mudfest 2013 (Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne).

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