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Life is but a dream : for orchestra

by Katy Abbott (2012)

Life is but a dream


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Life is but a dream : for orchestra / Katy Abbott.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/ABB 4 [Available for loan]

Life is but a dream

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Work Overview

This short work was commissioned by Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2012 concert series with the support of APRA/AMCOS. The brief was to based the work around a well-known tune that a younger audience could hear and recognise. Row, Row, Row Your Boat is the tune that immediately sprang to mind. Listen for the twist. This works captures the journey of a not so fortunate boat and its passengers as it travels down the river. Although there are no crocodiles (as the popular revision suggests) - still, don't forget to scream!

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, contra-bassoon, 4 horns, trumpet in B flat, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings (suggested

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.. Commissioned with support of APRA/AMCOS

First performance: by Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Thrift — 5 Aug 12. St. Ives High School, Sydney, as part of the Ku-Ring-Gai PO Kids Proms Concert

Based on the well-known Row, Row Row Your Boat.

Performances of this work

5 Aug 12: St. Ives High School, Sydney, as part of the Ku-Ring-Gai PO Kids Proms Concert. Featuring Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Thrift.

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