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Out of Hibernation : string quartet

by Matthew Laing (2019)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Out of Hibernation is a work in 4 parts loosely in the form of a life cycle.

I. Out of hibernation - How it must be for a hibernating animal to wake after 4 months, the bright light, the sensory overload, and the perpetual rediscovery of life.

II. Nocturne for creepy crawlies

III. Spray your life with insecticide - an every day "anyone can use" chemical, used mindlessly that eliminates something that underpins our existence. The impulse of fear and what we do to overcome it at the expense of ourselves.

IV. Time can take things away from you too - the insidious nature of photographs; they act to remind you of a person time or place until over time they replace that person time or place.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 2 Violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Out of hibernation -- Nocturne for creepy crawlies -- Spray your life with insecticide -- Time can take things away from you too.

Dedication note: My gratitude to the Flinders Quartet, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Brett Dean, this work wouldn't be, or be what it is without their faith and guidance.

Commission note: Commissioned by Flinders Quartet.

First performance: by Flinders Quartet at Flinders Quartet (Montsalvat Barn Gallery) on 24 Feb 2019

Performances of this work

2 Mar 19: Peninsula Music Society, Peninsula Community Theatre Wilsons Road, Mornington VIC. Featuring Flinders Quartet.

28 Feb 2019: at Flinders Quartet (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

26 Feb 2019: at Flinders Quartet (Collins St Baptist Church). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

24 Feb 2019: at Flinders Quartet (Montsalvat Barn Gallery). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

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