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Take down the fiddle, Karl : baritone voice with chamber ensemble

by Fred Hill (2004)

Work Overview

Although this is a short work, I have aimed to evoke 3 distinct genres; the German Landler of the main melody depicts the relaxed after-hours mood of the workmen; the mechanical chatter of the strings reflects the tempo of the brutal labour; and the mysteries of the dark and spirit-haunted forests of Karl's faraway homeland. The references to Mendelssohn and Wagner are not accidental and perhaps mirror the impudence, irreverence - chutzpah - of the composer!

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Baritone voice, violin, viola, cello.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Double stops and special effects in all string parts

Dedication note: Dedicated to Bruce Ledden

Commission note: N/A

First performance: by Bruce Ledden, Cyril Tummanelli, Peter Hogg, Elaine Graham, Suzanne Maslen at Eastwood Sunday Afternoon Concert no.3 (Haseler Centre, St.Kevin's Catholic Church) on 17 Jul 2011

Setting of a poem written around the time of World War I.

Performances of this work

17 Jul 2011: at Eastwood Sunday Afternoon Concert no.3 (Haseler Centre, St.Kevin's Catholic Church). Featuring Bruce Ledden.

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