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Punch (full orchestra with solo instrument(s))

by Jim Coyle (2023)



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Punch : for theatre organ and orchestra / Jim Coyle.

Library shelf no. 784.2/COY 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

  1. Punch (n)
  2. 1. Great energy or forcefulness.
  3. 2. A festive drink made of numerous, often eclectic ingredients.
  4. 3. A fictional character, given to mayhem and anarchy.

Punch, uniquely, is an original work for theatre organ and full orchestra. It is in six movements, many of which are inspired by dance styles. The first and last are substantial pieces, a reel and a polka respectively. The four inner movements are miniatures in contrasting moods. Throughout the work there is a spirit of mischief and good-humoured exuberance.

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: Theatre organ, 3 flutes, oboe, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (5 players: snare drum, bongos, congas, 4 tom-toms, bass drum, cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, woodblock, cabassa, guiro, cowbell, egg shaker, tambourine, vibraslap, lagerphone), strings.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Fake Reel -- II. Real Fake -- III. Sneak Peek -- IV. Peak Sneak -- V. Band Camp -- VI. Camp Band.

Commission note: Commissioned by The Metropolitan Orchestra.

First performance: by The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sarah-Grace Williams — 12 Nov 23. Marrickville Town Hall, NSW

Performances of this work

12 Nov 23: Marrickville Town Hall, NSW. Featuring The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sarah-Grace Williams.

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