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Oxygen : for shakuhachi and string quartet

by Stuart Greenbaum (2016)

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Work Overview

Oxygen is vital to human life. It's all around us. And perhaps there is oxygen on other planets. The Hubble telescope detected evidence of molecular oxygen on Jupiter's moon Europa. But we haven't been there and breathed it. Currently, the most distant air that we know we can breathe is found on the International Space Station that orbits Earth. The main source of that air is created by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. The latter is vented externally and the oxygen is vented into the cabin. By extension, this makes the ISS the most remote habitable zone currently accessible to humans.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Shakuhachi, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Riley Lee, Enigma Quartet with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Riley Lee, Enigma Quartet — 16 Oct 17. Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne

Performances of this work

16 Oct 17: Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne. Featuring Riley Lee, Enigma Quartet.

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