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Palomar's Vacation : bassoon with piano

by Calogero Panvino (2019)

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Performance by Matthew Kneale, Nicholas Young from the CD Cloud Day

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Cloud Day : Panvino, Beethoven, Tansman, Meurant / Nicholas Young and Matthew Kneale.

Library shelf no. CD 3296 [Available for loan]

Palomar's Vacation, Op. 24


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Palomar's Vacation, Op. 24 : for bassoon and piano / Calogero Panvino.

Library shelf no. 788.58/PAN 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Palomar's Vacation is the first set of compositions in a projected series inspired by Italo Calvino's novel, Mr Palomar.

Mr Palomar, who shares the same name as the world famous Palomar astronomical observatory, is a keen observer of the world. Unfortunately, because of his earnest, almost scientific approach to better understanding the objects and situations that fall under his gaze, he rarely derives complete satisfaction or enjoyment from his observations. More often than not, these experiences lead to intense frustration, anxiety or behaviour and thoughts that are unintentionally comical.

Of all the instruments in the orchestra, the bassoon is probably the one that most looks like a telescope. Given this similarity in appearance and the nature of Mr Palomar, which I can't help but think reminds one a little bit of the bassoon, I thought it worth while trying to capture the musical tone of Calvino's book with this instrument.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Bassoon, piano.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Palomar on the Beach -- II. Palomar in the Garden -- II. Palomar Looks at the Sky.

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Wentworth Falls, NSW. Featuring Nicholas Young, Matthew Kneale.

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