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Have a Nice Trip (quintets: clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello )

by Ben Robinson (2023)

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Work Overview

The music I compose usually reflects on my own behaviours and emotions. It aims to convey the nuance of a specific experience while enabling me to confront, understand, and embrace my own psychological processes. Have a Nice Trip is no exception; it draws inspiration from one of the most intense internal conflicts I have ever grappled with.

The opening movement is intentionally jarring, weaving a relentless rhythmic drive with recurrent dynamic surges that evoke a sense of panic. While the second movement begins with a playful and quirky tone, it gradually transforms its repeating motif into a distorted version of itself. The brief final movement serves as a reflective coda where the looping phrase gently guides the listener toward introspection.

For the most part, this composition comfortably embraces dissonance. My hope is that this turbulent journey provides a space for you to sit with your thoughts and feelings.

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: clarinet in Bb, violin, viola, cello, piano

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tahnee Borg, my safe person.

Commission note: Commissioned by Omega Ensemble.. Commissioned by Omega Ensemble as part of the 2023 CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program.

First performance: by Omega Ensemble — 9 Nov 23. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Performances of this work

9 Nov 23: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Omega Ensemble.

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