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Desperation : for solo viola

by Helen Gifford (2014)



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Desperation : for viola solo / Helen Gifford ; copied and edited by Kim Bastin.

Library shelf no. 787.3/GIF 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

"The nature of desperation is the idea behind this piece. A life may have many desperations. There are the small ones such as when the water company digs up the old main in your street over a four-week period, using pounding, drilling and roaring machines, while major desperations mark you more permanently and can have a calamitous effect that leaves you without hope. This sometimes leads to hyper-activity, or else its complete opposite, a paralysing numbness. Something of these two extremes, and the stages between, was my thinking for the work" -- Helen Gifford.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Viola.

Written for: Phoebe Green

First performance: by Phoebe Green at Helen Gifford at 80 (Church of All Nations) on 19 Apr 2015

Performances of this work

12 Aug 2017: at Women in the Creative Arts - conference recitals (Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music). Featuring Phoebe Green.

5 Jun 2017: at ANAM Recital: Rachel Grimwood (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)). Featuring Rachel Grimwood.

31 Oct 2016: at Australian Voices - Helen Gifford (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring ANAM Musicians.

17 Apr 2016: at ASTRA: 1926/2016 (Church of All Nations). Featuring Phoebe Green.

11 Dec 2015: at Eighty Plus! (Church of All Nations). Featuring Phoebe Green.

27 Jun 2015: at Floof (Church of All Nations).

24 Apr 2015: at Amazing women 2 (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Phoebe Green.

19 Apr 2015: at Helen Gifford at 80 (Church of All Nations). Featuring Phoebe Green.

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