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On the Inside (quartets: flute, clarinet, piano, cello)

by May Lyon (2016)

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Work Overview

I have always rejected the idea that women are to be seen as objects only, that a woman's value lies in her physical attributes and functionality to another. This occurs even in 'empowering' concepts such as the maiden/mother/crone metaphor, an idea I have argued against in this piece.

On the Inside explores the many aspects of identity throughout a woman's life, from growth to complexity, (as opposed to innocence to uselessness). This piece started with a single small motif, which I then grew and developed continuously, showing many sides to what originally had few characteristics. I relate this to what it means to be human, as we are all more than a single, limited and undeveloped persona. It is when this limited identity is all that is seen and nurtured that harm begins.

Despite my rejection of placing value solely on the external and my intention that this piece not be "beautiful", there are moments individuals might identify being as such. I kept these moments because, like all other characteristics, perceived beauty is not something to be ashamed of or feared.

There is usually more complexity on the inside than what is initially seen.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Flute, Bb clarinet, cello, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Samantha Wolf.. Commissioned for International Women's Day 2016 with the support of the Alan C. Rose Scholarship.

First performance: by Tamara Kohler, Gemma Tomlinson, Aaron Klein, Adam McMillan at This Will Be Our Reply: International Women's Day Concert (Melba Hall) on 7 Mar 2016


Performances of this work

7 Mar 2016: at This Will Be Our Reply: International Women's Day Concert (Melba Hall). Featuring Tamara Kohler, Gemma Tomlinson, Aaron Klein, Adam McMillan.

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