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Doing the AO tango (sextets: flute, clarinet, 2 percussion, violin, cello)

by Becky Llewellyn (1988)

Doing the AO (Adults Only) tango


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Work Overview

Why is classical music seen as stuffy? Serious? Boring? In 1988, I devised a tango-based performance piece of domestic sound sources from kitchens and sheds to counter this prejudice. The performers need to be as talented as ever: they just change the way they play their instruments (with extended techniques and tunings) and what instruments they play.

It is meant to be harmless fun with a chance for normally well-behaved musicians to let their hair down in an ensemble situation. Doing the AO Tango was revised in 1991.

Work Details

Year: 1988

Instrumentation: Chamber ensemble: Flute, clarinet in B flat, percussion (2 players), violin, cello (lowest string tuned down to B flat). Domestic percussion includes rolling pins, cake tins, manual egg beater, large garden shears, hammer, garden trowel, BBQ fork and tongs, wing action wine opener, jar of nails, washboard, drink or spray cans, manual shavers, used toothbrushes, garbage can lid, key ring, coffee cup. Percussion players to don his/her matching aprons.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Humorous encore piece for chamber ensemble.

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