A slender strand of memories (full orchestra with choir)
by Colin Spiers (2009)
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Library shelf no. Q 782.554/SPI 1 [Available for loan]
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This six-movement work was written to celebrate the sesquicentenary of local government in Newcastle.
Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone soloists; orchestra: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets in B flat (3rd doubling bass clarinet in B flat), bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion - including kit (6 players), timpani, synthesizer, electric guitar, bass guitar, strings (minimum 10, 10, 6, 6, 4) ; large SATB choir (including chamber chorus - minimum of 24 voices).
Duration: 53 min.
Contents note: Prelude -- Dreamtime chant -- The convicts' lament -- A happy holiday -- Reflections -- Postlude.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Carmel Lutton
Commission note: Commissioned by University of Newcastle.. Commissioned to commemorate the sesquicentenary of the incorporation of the city of Newcastle in 2009, with funds made available by the University of Newcastle
First performance: by Edward Primrose, Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Barnes, Rosemary Saunders, Paul McMahon, Christopher Allan — 1 Nov 09. Newcastle City Hall, by Newcastle University, Chamber, and Conservatorium Choirs, Newcastle Symphony Orchestra and soloists
Text written by the composer.
The work is in a Neo-romantic style with strong modernist and popular overtones in places.
Performances of this work
1 Nov 09: Newcastle City Hall, by Newcastle University, Chamber, and Conservatorium Choirs, Newcastle Symphony Orchestra and soloists. Featuring Edward Primrose, Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Barnes, Rosemary Saunders, Paul McMahon, Christopher Allan.
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