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JSB Mandalas : flexible instrumentation

by Benjamin Thorn (2012)

JSB Mandalas


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JSB Mandalas / Benjamin Thorn.

Library shelf no. 785/THO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The work consists of three movements that each use themes/fragments from J S Bach works phased in a mesmeric minimalist manner. Different approaches to the phasing are used so a range of different and intriguing textures are created. Instrumentation is fairly open.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: 4 instruments.Open instrumentation, fairly free choice: Instruments 1-2 use treble clef (2 octave range (C-C); instrument 3 treble clef 2.5 octave range G-C; instrument 4 bass clef; instruments 2,3 & 4 need to be able to sustain a long note.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by the New England Bach Festival

First performance: by Benjamin Thorn, Cecile Michels, Margaret Butcher, Georgie Ostenfeld — 4 May 12. Uniting Church, Armidale, NSW.

The composer has indicated the following influences on this work:



Performances of this work

4 May 12: Uniting Church, Armidale, NSW.. Featuring Benjamin Thorn, Cecile Michels, Margaret Butcher, Georgie Ostenfeld.

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