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Kali's Laugh (original version) : for chamber ensemble

by Becky Llewellyn (1993)

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Performance by Seymour Ensemble from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.


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Kali's laugh for chamber ensemble (full score)


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Kali's laugh for chamber ensemble (full score) : original version / Becky Llewellyn.

Library shelf no. 785.3415/LLE 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

"Kali's Laugh came as the result of seeing a place I had loved being consumed by bushfire. The pain of that loss seared me. I created four interconnected movements from Indian and Australian stories about the healing power of fire. Our western view is to fear fire, but Kali, the goddess of love and destruction, knows it can bring new life. I have since abridged this into a revised version (2018) with three movements (before, during and after)".

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion (anklung, bamboo chimes, sandpaper blocks, tabla, vibraphone, timpani).

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Allegretto -- II. Adagio -- III. Con fuoco -- IV. Lento.

Commission note: Commissioned by Seymour Group.

First performance: by Seymour Ensemble — 2 Oct 94. Eugene Goosens Hall, Ultimo, NSW

Inspired by Kali, the Indian god of love and destruction who joyously wields the regenerative power of fire.


Performances of this work

2 Jul 18: Performers from Tura New Music and Soundstream, at Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth. Featuring Cat Hope, Tristen Parr, Gabriella Smart, Derek Pascoe, Stuart James.

2 Oct 94: Eugene Goosens Hall, Ultimo, NSW. Featuring Seymour Ensemble.

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