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Sextet : 'Old kings in exile' : for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello and piano

by Brett Dean (2010)

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Performance by Australia Ensemble from the CD Works by Matthew Hindson, Richard Meale, Elena Kats-Chernin, Calvin Bowman, Sally Whitwell, Brett Dean.

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Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling alto flute and piccolo), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Prelude -- II. Double trio -- III. Postlude.

Dedication note: 'For my parents, Barry and Joy'

Commission note: Commissioned by Eighth Blackbird (Musical group), Nash Ensemble, Australia Ensemble with funds provided by Derek Wood, Barbara Wood, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

First performance: by Nash Ensemble at Nash Ensemble (Drapers' Hall) on 4 Jul 2011

Awarded 'Work of the Year: Instrumental' at the 2012 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Winner Brett Dean

Performances of this work

28 Jul 2019: at Old Kings in Exile (Dunwich Public Hall (North Stradbroke Island)). Featuring Vanessa Tomlinson, Patrick Nolan, Louise King, Zoe Black, Irit Silver, Sonya Lifschitz.

11 Aug 18: featuring Claire Edwardes, Australia Ensemble.

17 Mar 18: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, NSW

17 Mar 2018: at Australia Ensemble: Out of the Depths (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Claire Edwardes, Australia Ensemble.

29 Apr 2016: at Kupka's Piano (State Library of Queensland). Featuring Kupka's Piano.

18 Feb 2015: at Syzygy @ Brunswick Festival (Brunswick Uniting Church). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

16 Jul 2014: at Syzygy Ensemble (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

23 May 2014: at Kupka's piano (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Kupka's Piano.

23 Jul 2013: at Old Kings in Exile (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Soundstream Collective.

19 Jul 2013: at Old Kings in Exile (Elder Hall). Featuring Soundstream Collective.

13 Aug 2011: at Australia Ensemble @ UNSW (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

4 Jul 2011: at Nash Ensemble (Drapers' Hall). Featuring Nash Ensemble.

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