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The Anesthetic of Familiarity (small jazz ensemble with vocalist)

by Matthew Sheens (2011)

Anesthetic of Familiarity


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The Anesthetic of Familiarity / Matthew Sheens.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/SHE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work was inspired by a quote by evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins in an interview, explaining how repetition in reglious life can become an anesthetic, making it difficult to observe the extraordinary things religions can make people do.

There is a trance-like piano ostinato that occurs in the left hand, and continues through all of the themes.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano, bass, percussion.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Lauren Roth, Matthew Sheens, Lyndon Gray, Josh Baldwin — Mar 12. Creative Original Music Association, Adelaide

Composed with the assistance of:
APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Award, 2013


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

Mar 12: Creative Original Music Association, Adelaide. Featuring Lauren Roth, Matthew Sheens, Lyndon Gray, Josh Baldwin.

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