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Inner-city counterpoints : for clarinet, viola (or violin), cello and piano

by Nigel Sabin (1989)

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Performance by Collusion from the CD I read the old dream slowly

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Work Overview

The work was written as part of my residency at the University of Queensland where I was a founding member of Perihelion Ensemble. The piece was given many performances by Perihelion throughout Australia and internationally. The music is light-hearted for the most part, putting a positive spin on city life.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Clarinet, viola, cello, piano. (Violin can replace viola if no viola available).

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging

Contents note: I. Arrival -- II. Meditation -- III. Walk/Don't walk -- IV. Flight.

Commission note: Commissioned by Perihelion with funds provided by Australia Council.. Commissioned by Perihelion with funds provided by Australia Council.

The composer notes:
The work was written as part of my residency at the University of Queensland shortly after I arrived there. I had previously worked in Sydney with Vincent Plush's Magpie Musicians and was exposed to a great deal of Sydney-centric Australian music and musical thinking as part of that experience. Aspects of that experience are reflected in the approachable style and good humour of this piece.

Revised 2012.

Performances of this work

13 Sep 2019: at Inner-City Counterpoints (Recital Hall East).

11 Oct 2014: at Transient Beauty (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane). Featuring Collusion.

5 Mar 2014: at I read the old dream slowly (University of Southern Qld Arts Theatre). Featuring Collusion.

2 Mar 2014: at Collusion: outdoor concert (ALARA QLD Limited). Featuring Collusion.

7 Oct 2012: at Collusion All Australian Music CD Launch (Fireworks Gallery). Featuring Collusion.

25 May 2012: at Collusion at the Commercial RD Chamber Music Series (Theme and Variations Piano Showroom (Newstead QLD)). Featuring Collusion.

1989: The Nickson Room, Music Department, University of Queensland. Featuring Patricia Pollett, Colin Spiers, Gwyn Roberts, Nigel Sabin.

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