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Compassionately Yours (string orchestra with multiple soloists)

by Andrea Keller (2019)

Compassionately Yours


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Compassionately Yours / Andrea Keller.

Library shelf no. 784.723/KEL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Compassionately Yours… is a compassionate cry for David Reimer, whose life was unwittingly traumatised by a horrific accident in infancy, leading to a series of unthinkable choices and treatments in the 1960s & '70s, the ongoing effects of which left him unable to recover and incapable of living life to his full potential.

The 7-minute piece unfolds over 3 sections.

The opening section is a slowly sinking descent through bi-tonal structures. The harmonic structure of which follows a strict pattern that is repeated, albeit transposed, 4-times. The energy grows cautiously via subtle and accelerating pulsations in the strings, while the contrabass recorder, affected and manipulated by the Revox tape machine, creates a sense of unease and persistent anxiety.

The middle section is marked by a brief improvised moment executed by the piano and Revox, simulating a cry of overwhelming emotion.

The final section of the piece works through the harmonic pattern of bi-tonal structures presented in the opening section, but now in reverse and at double the tempo.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Solo violin, string orchestra, recorder, piano, Revox B77 tape machine.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: For David Peter Reimer & the Reimer family

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Festival with funds provided by Adelaide Commissioning Circle.

First performance: at New Ancient Songs (UKARIA Cultural Centre) on 10 Mar 2019

Performances of this work

11 Mar 2019: at A Brief History of Time (UKARIA Cultural Centre).

10 Mar 2019: at New Ancient Songs (UKARIA Cultural Centre).

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