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Metric Leisure for Orchestra : orchestra

by Christian O'Brien (2009)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 91.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 91.

Library shelf no. CD 2930 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece was inspired by a documentary about people who live their life according to metric time. I was fascinated by the strength of commitment these people had to an idea that was so strongly set against the status quo. Metric time enthusiasts view time almost as a religion that guides their life. For the opening of this piece I have used irregular bars to represent the competing metric and imperial times eventually with the metric time prevailing. After which the piece is divided into four segments. The first three being Leisure, Love and Work. The final segment is a combination of all three representing the struggle of organizing one's life under any sort of formal rule including metric time.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings (

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — 20 Apr 07. Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Modern, Quirky, Film Music

Recorded at Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne as part of MSO University of Melbourne composers workshop


Performances of this work

20 Apr 07: Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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