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Spin dance : for chamber orchestra

by Paul Stanhope (2005)

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Performance by Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra, Daniel Carter from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 28.

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Spin dance / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. CD 1600 [Available for loan]

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Spin dance : for chamber orchestra / Paul Stanhope.

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

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Work Overview

Spin Dance is a spiky-textured and fast-paced movement for chamber orchestra. On a surface level, the title refers simply to the whirling, repeated figures heard in the woodwinds and later the strings in the opening musical statement. However other connotations of the word "spin" suggest themselves: namely the idea of "spinning a yarn" (telling a tall story) which is also related to the all-too-common art of political "spin". In this sense Spin Dance is an ironic tribute to politicians of all persuasions who are able to dance around the plain truth through their crafty and rather suspect art of "spin doctoring".

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns in F, percussion (1 player), strings.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or good standard youth orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis.. Commissioned for the Sydney Symphony's Discovery Series.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Richard Gill — 3 May 05. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney


Program note for Paul Stanhope's "Certain Resonances"
by Natalie Shea
Source: Published by Symphony Services

Performances of this work

29 Oct 09: Sale Community Centre, VIC. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Richard Gill.

22 Apr 07: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Featuring Southern Sinfonia, Luke Dollman.

24 Feb 06: Sydney Olympic Park. Featuring Sydney Symphony, Guy Noble.

3 May 05: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. Featuring Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Richard Gill.

May 95: featuring Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra, Richard Gill.

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