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Glenside : chamber orchestra : youth orchestra

by Neil Currie (1999)

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Work Overview

I remember the long, dry summers and balmy, moist, winters of Glenside, our South Australian home for five years. I remember my two little sons in their blue school uniforms, whacking a
cricket ball against the vine-clad, red, brick of our house. The juxtaposition of the musical elements in this work reflects the peace and pleasure we knew from the sun, the vineyards, and
the sea, yet, too, our undeniable isolation and loneliness as we sought to find our way home.
There are three principal types of music in Glenside:
1. Players each emit, in a sort of staggered unison, a brief series of "cries"; this occurs three times in the work, at the beginning, middle, and end;
2. Strings play simple, hymn-like music in block chords. This music is based on a fragment of music which I heard one day on an Australian children's t.v. program while we were eating breakfast; and
3. Winds and strings create more dissonant and complex textures of intermingling melodies above an ostinato of rising tones in the piano.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in B flat, trombone, percussion (1 player), piano, strings (minimum

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced community orchestra/professional.

Commission note: Commissioned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

First performance: by Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, Earl Stafford — 25 Apr 99. Saskatoon Festival of New Music, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


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25 Apr 99: Saskatoon Festival of New Music, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Featuring Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, Earl Stafford.

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