Home organs : for percussion sextet
by Thomas Meadowcroft (2000)
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Home Organs, is modelled on memory retrieval at the onset of Alzheimer's Illness; childhood refrains flow freely while more or less 'functional' memories are filtered out. The term, 'home organ', is given to any keyboard instrument, other than the pianoforte, found in an Australian suburban house: harmonium, 'casio', 'yamaha' etc. Popular with my grandmother's generation, the home organ occupies a neglected place in the genealogy of instruments built for domestic music making. As with Alzheimer's Illness, the unmediated beauty of the home organ also affected the composer's grandmother.
Instrumentation: Brakedrum, bass drum, brush, cassette player, cardboard boxes, chinese temple bells, cowbells, cymbals, keyboard with square wave, microphones, mixing desk, ratchets,rin, sixen (or lead piping) snare drums, stereo PA, triangles, waldteufel, wineglass.
Duration: 15 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Commission note: Commissioned by Les Percussions de Strasbourg.. Commissioned with assistance from the French Ministry of Culture
First performance: by Les Percussions de Strasbourg — Sep 00. Abbaye de Royaumont, Val-d'Oise, France
Performances of this work
17 Apr 11: Abbottsford Convent, C3 Contemporary Art Space, VIC. Featuring Speak Percussion.
Sep 00: Abbaye de Royaumont, Val-d'Oise, France. Featuring Les Percussions de Strasbourg.
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