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Bushranger Psychodrama (male voice with chamber ensemble)

by Kate Moore (2017)

Bushranger Psychodrama


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Bushranger Psychodrama / K.E. Moore.

Library shelf no. 783.8542/MOO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Bushranger Psychodrama is a psychological melodrama performed by Iarla O'lionard about a highwayman in the bush. Drawing inspiration from the mythology and narrative of Australian colonial history where bushrangers became heroes of the people under the oppressive governance of the Redcoats, English officials who saw to the policing of the penal colony. Figures including Irish felon Ned Kelly became a symbol of the rebellion of the repressed. The work is 20 minutes in duration, a one movement monologue that enters into the darkest reaches of the human psyche pitted against the most isolated and harshest foreign landscape imaginable to an Irishman. Set loose in the most remote wilderness, wild, raw and untamed, a bushranger battles the dark hollows of his mind. He is rebelling against the authorities and fighting for the dispossessed but his real battle is his own fear of an insatiable emptiness leading to nowhere not even the horizon. He is terrified of being caught but who will find him out here where there is nothing but ghosts. Bushranger Psychodrama is strange and disconcerting story about a man pursued by his own shadow. Iarla O'lionard sings in a dialect stemming from Irish language, reminiscent of that which was spoken amongst the earliest European settlers of the south east of Australia.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Folk voice (male), 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by November Music, Symphony Space, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

First performance: by Iarla Ó Lionáird, Crash String Quartet at Bushranger Psychodrama (National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)) on 24 Oct 2018

Performances of this work

24 Oct 2018: at Bushranger Psychodrama (National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)). Featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird, Crash String Quartet.

2017: featuring November Music.

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