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Re-echo : for vibraphone and cello

by Katy Abbott (2015)

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Work Overview

This work is a re-imagining of another work The Empty Quarter by Katy Abbott. It is a region in Saudi Arabia (that borders the UAE where she was living at the time). Although elements of the work hint at the desolate isolated geographical area, (which incidentally inhabits some of the worlds most formidable sand-dunes), it also contains other, emotionally 'empty' aspects, such as separation from country and family/friends.

'It was very still, with the silence which we have driven from our world', - French Philosopher Wilfred Thesiger, on his journey through The Empty Quarter, the largest desert on earth.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Vibraphone, cello.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Julian Smiles, Claire Edwardes

This piece was selected by ABC Classic FM panel for Australian section of International Rostrum of Composers: Poland May, 2016.

Performances of this work

22 Jun 2023: at CSO Australian Series: Red Desert Sand (National Museum of Australia). Featuring CSO Chamber Players.

1 Mar 2023: at Music for Reflection (fortyfivedownstairs).

27 Feb 2022: at Avant Gardens 2: Spel (Private residence in Tempe, NSW). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

10 Mar 2021: at J.S. Bach - Music for Reflection (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall).

3 May 2017: at CIMF 2017: Half the Sky (National Portrait Gallery). Featuring Blair Harris, Claire Edwardes.

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