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Clarinet quartet for Vasco Pyjama (quartets: 3 clarinets, bass clarinet)

by Karlin Greenstreet Love (1991)

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Performance by University of Tasmania Clarinet Quartet from the CD Compositions 1

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Work Overview

Vasco Pyjama is a character created by Australian cartoonist, Michael Leunig, who writes, 'And sailing over the horizon in a battered armchair came Vasco Pyjama, the brave searcher who left all that was understood and safe to circumnavigate his own world.' This work received much of its impetus from the cartoon Vasco Pyjama in the Strait of a Thousand Lighthouses found in Introspective by Michael Leunig. It is tuneful and rhythmic, using various extended performance techniques to create atmosphere.

Work Details

Year: 1991

Instrumentation: Clarinet in E flat, clarinet in B flat, clarinet in A, bass clarinet.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 5-6.

First performance: 26 Oct 91. 'Avant-Garde After Dark - Again!', at New Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania, Launceston

Performances of this work

16 Sep 2018: at MOFO Sessions 5 (Design Centre Tasmania). Featuring Tasmanian Clarinet Quartet.

14 Nov 2015: at Tasmanian Clarinet Quartet: A musical voyage... (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)). Featuring Tasmanian Clarinet Quartet.

12 May 2010: at Clarity Clarinet Quartet: A revised history of the clarinet (Theatre Husk, Melbourne). Featuring Samantha Kelson Gray, Nicole Canham, Andrew Seymour, Lisa Clarke.

26 Oct 91: 'Avant-Garde After Dark - Again!', at New Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania, Launceston

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