An Orientalist in Palestine : full orchestra
by Katia Tiutiunnik (2000)
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An Orientalist in Palestine is a musical commentary on the way in which Palestine has been portrayed in many of Hollywood's epic films. It is also is intended to be evocative of the spiritual dimension of Palestine and symbolic of the suffering the Palestinians have undergone as a direct consequence of the Zionist colonisation of Palestine. The research which led to the creation of An Orientalist in Palestine encompassed detailed studies of several works of the late Edward Said, including his controversial masterpieces Orientalism (1979) and The Question of Palestine ( 1980).
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Duration: 11 min.
Commission note: Written for the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum (ACOF) 2000
The composer notes the following subjects, styles, influences, etc associated with this work:
Arab music, Jewish music, Greek Orthodox Church music, Hollywood epic film music
Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26
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