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Medieval Rococo : for alto flute, clarinet in Bb, percussion, harpsichord and playback

by Thomas Meadowcroft (2016)

Work Overview

Medieval Rococo is an oxymoron for our time: how is it possible to generate an abundance of wealth, ornamentation and redundancy on the back of an impoverished idea? The terms 'medieval' and 'rococo' are not used to reference periods of European Art History, but are used in the populist sense of the words. 'Medieval' denotes music crude and backward, 'rococo' denotes music garish and arty.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Alto flute, clarinet in B flat, percussion, harpsichord, playback, stereo PA.

Duration: 12 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Sizzle (Petersham Bowling Club) on 24 Apr 2016

Performances of this work

15 May 2018: at Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery (City Recital Hall). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

11 Feb 2018: at Hark the Machine (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

24 Apr 2016: at Sizzle (Petersham Bowling Club). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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