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The Great knot : for percussion trio

by Thomas Meadowcroft (2011)

Audio Sample

Performance by line upon line percussion from the CD Context



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Context / line upon line percussion.

Library shelf no. CD 2928 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The Great Knot is inspired by the migratory patterns of the bird, the great knot. This species breeds in Siberia in the summer but heads to Australia and Southern Asia during the Northern winter. (The great knot is also sometimes vagrant in Europe, although whether this is by accident or providence, one cannot be sure.) What for humans is a long-haul flight, the bird makes with only one stopover. The great knot is now considered vulnerable as a species. The piece The Great Knot attempts to approach the event horizon of the species' extinction without despair by using the bird's flight path as a model for music composition, namely 'how to get from A to B'.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: 2 alto recorders, birdcall, 2 coffee cans, 2 descant recorders, glasses, glockenspiel, 2 hi-hat stands, marbles, 2 metal bowls, 2 ping-pong bats, plastic bowls, playback, shakers, shell chimes, 15 small objects, 2 snare drums, stereo PA, suspended cymbal, synthesizer, table, tambourine, wineglassess.

Duration: 17 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Speak Percussion

Commission note: Commissioned by Speak Percussion.

First performance: by Speak Percussion at Speak Percussion: Thomas Meadowcroft Portrait (Iwaki Auditorium) on 16 Apr 2011


Performances of this work

16 Mar 2013: at Speak Percussion at Berliner Festspiele (Haus der Berliner Festspiele). Featuring Speak Percussion, Thomas Meadowcroft.

2 Mar 2013: at Thomas Meadowcroft Portrait (Theatre du Galpon).

10 Jun 2012: at nightclubs/concerthalls (Montsalvat Barn Gallery). Featuring Speak Percussion.

9 Jun 2012: at nightclubs/concerthalls (Phee Broadway Theatre). Featuring Speak Percussion.

17 Apr 11: Abbottsford Convent, C3 Contemporary Art Space, VIC. Featuring Speak Percussion.

16 Apr 2011: at Speak Percussion: Thomas Meadowcroft Portrait (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Speak Percussion.

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