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Wild October Jones : for chamber ensemble

by Melody Eötvös (2015)

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 63.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 63.

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Work Overview

Several summers ago (which was actually winter in Australia) I spent some time in Melbourne. I was at one of my first record fairs and happened to be curiously browsing through several albums of playing cards as a distraction while a friend finished shopping. They were rather special cards because of the particular edition and 'frontispiece' each had. So, I was flipping through pages and pages of these cards and then one suddenly jumped out at me. It was a reproduction of a beautiful painting that depicted a train passing a horse-carriage at full speed, and the carriage halting to avoid a collision, and a young woman falling off the back of the carriage. The whole image has a very warped and animated perspective to it. I bought that single card there and then for $3. Now, several years later I found it while cleaning out a box of souvenirs I'd gathered over the past 5 years or so, and decided to research it a little. After some intensive googling I discovered the painting belonged to an Indiana artist Thomas Hart Benton, and that we have several of his works throughout the IU Bloomington campus. For me this was too serendipitous to ignore and I busily set about writing a piece based on this very painting, 'Wreck of Old '97'.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Alto flute, cello, percussion, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by William Cedeno, Evan Kahn, Julia Ross, Lam Wong — 31 Jul 15. Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Colorado, USA


Performances of this work

24 May 2019: at Rubiks Collective - Relaxed Performance (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Rubiks Collective.

4 May 2019: at Generations (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Michelle John, Hamish Upton, Melissa Doecke.

3 Mar 2018: at Iniquitous Creatures (Grant St Theatre - Victorian College of the Arts). Featuring Rubiks Collective.

31 Jul 15: Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Colorado, USA. Featuring William Cedeno, Lam Wong, Julia Ross, Evan Kahn.

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