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Liminality : for chamber orchestra

by Jeremy Rose (2016)



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Liminality : for chamber orchestra / Jeremy Rose.

Library shelf no. 784.3/ROS 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title refers to a space of transition whereby one is undergoing a metamorphosis, searching for both a certain future, and an end to a journey that may be accompanied with discomfort, anxiety and displacement.

It is often used in fiction as a rite of passage of a character, as they undergo signification transformation of identity through sacrifice or tragedy.

Liminality uses this narrative as inspiration through the juxtaposition of several musical ideas to portray a musical story that is fractured, and left unanswered. A chorale-like, slow rubato section is contrasted with chaotic, densely rhythmically layered orchestral sections. The work features several solos, including the oboe, trumpet, violin, cello, piano, as well as many duos throughout the ensemble.

The title of the work also represents a response to the tragic events to emerge from Australia's off-shore detention centres, including the self-immolation of two people on Nauru. Although I am aware that one piece of music cannot change the world, I was deeply moved by the event and was motivated with a desire to express a lamentation for both the 23 year-old Iranian Omid Mosoumali and 21 year-old Somalian Hodan Yasin. The irony of Australia's eagerness to join a war against many of the refugees' countries in the name of liberating them from their leaders, whilst reluctantly providing safety and care for the people fleeing the war-torn countries is tragic. Just as these political and humanitarian issues that serve the work as inspiration are unresolved, the work ends without a 'happy ending', an apt way to respond to this ongoing saga.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piccolo/flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, 2 bass clarinets in Bb, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion (2 players), piano, strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by SCM Modern Music Ensemble.

First performance: by SCM Modern Music Ensemble at Greenway Series: Modern Music Ensemble (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 2 Sep 2016

The composer has noted the following influences on this work:
Syrian music, John Adams, George Crumb, Brett Dean, Witold Lutoslawski.



Performances of this work

2 Sep 2016: at Greenway Series: Modern Music Ensemble (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring SCM Modern Music Ensemble.

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