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Nabunum's Water : for chamber orchestra and fixed-media

by Melody Eötvös (2017)

Nabunum's Water


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Nabunum's Water : for chamber orchestra, fixed-media and video / Melody Eötvös.

Library shelf no. 784.3/EOT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work is based on the Indigenous Australian story of Tiddalik the giant frog. One day Tiddalik decided to drink all of the fresh water in the world, causing him to become a giant frog. All of the other animals noticed how dry and dead everything became after that and sought out to find a way to return the water to the world. One by one they tried to get Tiddalik to laugh, hoping that that would cause the giant frog to accidently release all of the water he had taken. No one was succeeding. Then one day Nabunum, the eel, came out of the dry mud and danced in front of Tiddalik, tying himself into all sorts of knots. Finally this worked and Tiddalik released all of the water back into the world with his laugh at Nabunum's antics.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet in Bb (doubling bass clarinet), bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion, harp, piano, strings. Fixed-media and video (optional).

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. As normal -- 2. Tiddalik takes the water -- 3. Barren land -- 4. Negotiation with Tiddalik -- 5. Water Spills.

Commission note: Commissioned by the Australian Youth Orchestra, Momentum Ensemble.

First performance: by Momentum Ensemble, Ariel Zuckermann at Three Places (The Gallery (Melbourne)) on 4 Sep 2017


Performances of this work

4 Sep 2017: at Three Places (The Gallery (Melbourne)). Featuring Momentum Ensemble, Ariel Zuckermann.

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