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Home organs : for percussion sextet

by Thomas Meadowcroft (2000)

Audio Sample

Performance by Speak Percussion from the CD Percussion Works

Percussion Works


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Percussion Works / Thomas Meadowcroft ; Speak Percussion.

Library shelf no. CD 3122 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2000

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.

16 Apr 2011: at Speak Percussion: Thomas Meadowcroft Portrait (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Speak Percussion.

Sep 00: Abbaye de Royaumont, Val-d'Oise, France. Featuring Les Percussions de Strasbourg.

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