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Tchambreen : Tone Poem for Orchestra

by Michael Knopf (2016)



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Tchambreen : for orchestra / Michael Knopf.

Library shelf no. 784.2/KNO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title is the original word for Tamborine Mountain, Qld, in the Yugumbah language, which has obviously been subsequently anglicised. One of my compositional foci is in the use of genre and style to compose - the drawing of musical elements, ideas, and attitudes from often disparate musics and combining such to discover new sonorities and musical strategies. I wrote the music for the piece initially using the mixolydian (Khamaj) mode in the style of some Indian Raga music which I have used in solo pieces for the guitar. The piece uses this stylistic treatment as a unifying, referential element in various sections, but the music unfolds through diverse soundscapes, sections that I refer to as musical worldlets. These include other stylistic inclusions such as a mournful lyricism, expansive chordal textures, and imitative polyphony over static harmonic surfaces, all leading to a reintroduction of the Raga-like melody that precedes the finale ending the work. The piece has a variety of symphonic textures, some lush, others dramatic or lyrical.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns, trumpet in C, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, piano, strings.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to John Curro

Commission note: Commissioned by John Curro and the Queensland Youth Orchestra

First performance: by Queensland Youth Orchestra — 27 May 17. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

Performances of this work

27 May 17: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane. Featuring Queensland Youth Orchestra.

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