House of the beehives : for flute, oboe & fixed-media
by Melody Eötvös (2015)
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Library shelf no. 785.812/EOT 1 [Available for loan]
Originally inspired by Italo Calvino's Difficult Loves, this work explores several different facets of the fascinating yet grisly tale The House of the Beehives. I won't reveal much about the story here except for that I've grouped the tale into four thematic areas, the first of which returns at the end, full circle.
Like a sinking memory-go-round The result is a prickly, pagan-esk unfolding that begins with the opening chorale theme, and slowly sinks into an uncertain world that wavers somewhere in between the lost and the found --- unmasking the central character as an alienated but profoundly content human being.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, live electronics.
Duration: 20 min.
Contents note: I. Hermit (chorale) -- II. Bees (toccata) -- III. Into the Woods (the wall) -- IV. The Encounter ... to see the terror and shame in her eyes -- V. The Hermit.
Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside.
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