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Bend/Boogie/Break : for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, percussion and piano.

by Holly Harrison (2018)

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Performance by Ensemble Offspring from the CD Offspring Bites 3: En Masse

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Library shelf no. CD 3194 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

The title Bend/Boogie/Break describes the character of three recurring ideas in the work:

  • Bend refers to the use of glissandi and pitch bends (particularly strings)
  • Boogie refers to the underlying funk bass
  • Break: as in, to break apart or a 'breakdown' section (perhaps a nod to metal rhythms!)

Inspiration is drawn from post-rock, funk, and honky-tonk piano, as well as the overarching idea of warping vinyl and things 'going wrong' - perhaps bent out of shape, broken, or not quite right.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Ensemble Offspring

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by and written for Ensemble Offspring with the generous support of Penny Le Couteur and Greg Dickson

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Spectral Tech (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 29 Sep 2018



Performances of this work

16 Jul 2022: at Time as Revelator (Carriageworks). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

23 Mar 2021: at Offspring Bites 3: En Masse CD Launch (World Square shopfront). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

6 Sep 2019: at Gaudeamus Music Week: Ensemble Offspring (TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

29 Sep 2018: at Spectral Tech (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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