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Lamentations : for bassoon and piano

by David Slater (2012)

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From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 33.

Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 33.


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Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 33.

Library shelf no. CD 2469 [Available for loan]



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Lamentations : for bassoon and piano / David Slater.

Library shelf no. 788.58/SLA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Lamentations is composed in four short movements played continuously. Each movement reflects on a different aspect of Macbeth's final soliloquy (on hearing of the death of Lady Macbeth) from Act V of Shakespeare's play. It utilises most of the bassoon's wide range and combines passages of lyrical beauty and calm with others which of severity and aggression. Each movement begins in an atonal idiom, sometimes 12-tone, then gradually becomes more modal before descending to a dark minor conclusion.

Lamentations was composed for a student, for Higher School Certificate performance. It is of moderate to advanced difficulty, around AMEB grade 7 - 8.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Bassoon, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Moderate to Advanced, approximately AMEB Grade 7-8

Commission note: Commissioned by Chloe Lethlean Higson

First performance: by Chloe Lethlean Higson, Anthony Baldwin — 25 Jul 13. Meriden School, Strathfield, Sydney

Lamentations is the next in a series of short works for solo instrument and piano written specifically for the NSW HSC. It is also one of several which reflect on Shakespearian quotations.


Performances of this work

25 Jul 13: Meriden School, Strathfield, Sydney. Featuring Chloe Lethlean Higson, Anthony Baldwin.

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