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Double double bass : excerpt from 'Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra (My Dear Benjamin)'

by Lyle Chan (2015)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This 4-hands double bass solo is an unexpected movement in the song cycle Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra ("My Dear Benjamin"). It depicts that "fateful day" when Benjamin Britten and Wulff Scherchen were caught in the Sienna rain. They ran for shelter sharing a macintosh raincoat, each with one arm in a sleeve. They were 21 and 14 respectively, and both men remembered this event fondly till the end of their lives.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Double bass, 4 hands.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — pizzicato double bass, 4 hands on 1 instrument

Performances of this work

30 Jul 2017: at AFCM 2017: Concert Crawl - Stories and Music (various venues in Townsville).

7 Jun 15: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. Featuring Kees Boersma, Kirsty McCahon.

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