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Worlds within worlds : chamber orchestra

by Sally Greenaway (2015)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 95.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 95.

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Worlds within worlds


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Worlds within worlds : for chamber orchestra / music by Sally Greenaway.

Library shelf no. 784.3/GRE 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

"All of nature in its awful vastness and incomprehensible complexity is in the end interrelated - worlds within worlds within worlds: the seen and the unseen. Every decision, every action mirrors, ripples, reflects and echoes throughout the whole of creation. The world is indeed bound with secret knots." - Valentine Worth (Thomas P. Kelley)

Worlds within worlds is an exploration into perspective. A lurching, energetic fanfare depicts bustling cityscapes: melodious metropolis' made up of ever evolving monuments; continuous construction marching skywards; relentlessly driving rhythms and ostinatos symbolising the bustle of the city streets.

But what of the quiet realm of the secluded courtyard, hidden from view and entered only by a narrow laneway: a secret world within the city's walls?

An abrupt interruption returns the concrete and grey calamity of man-made structures and its resultant man-made constructs - the corporate world at its most monotonous.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to escape? The birds overhead observe the jarring chaotic architectural aspect below...

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, 2 clarinets in Bb, bassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, celeste/piano, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned as part of the MSO / Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program 2016

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey — 10 Feb 16. Iwaki Auditorium, Victoria

The composer has noted the following influences on this work:
Stravinsky, Holst, Metropolis.

The string parts can be either covered by individual instrumentalists covering the written parts, or played by string sections (with multiple players).

Performances of this work

15 Oct 2016: at National Capital Orchestra (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring National Capital Orchestra, Leonard Weiss.

10 Feb 16: Iwaki Auditorium, Victoria. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.

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