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Jazz fusion Suite : large jazz ensemble

by Derek Strahan (, this version: 1982)

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Performance by Tony Ansell, Graham Jesse, Ivor James, Jim Kelly, Greg Lyon, Mark Riley from the CD Cult of Diana

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Cult of Diana / music for film by Derek Strahan.

Library shelf no. CD 2254 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

"TRIPLE SIX" - evokes the biblical account of events leading to the Apocalypse. Opens with a metric statement of the figure 666, leading to a statement of the main theme, which is then subject to varying treatments each leading to a re-statement of the 666 motif. Closes with effects overlaid suggesting the advent of the beast and the passage of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. "Let him who has understanding reckon the number of the Beast, for it is a human number: its number is six hundred and sixty-six." Revelations 13:18.

"FREE SPIRIT" - To 37251 who one day will realize that to be free is to be alone. The dedication of this piece may be deciphered by reference to a system of numerology cited in Dennis Wheatley's novel of the supernatural "The Devil Rides Out".

"THE BEETHOVEN BOOGIE" - vengeful parody on a pop-craze of the 80s known as "Switched-on Classics", a parade of 8 bar statements of well-known "themes from the classics" set to a disco beat of unvarying tempo; but this is an entire movement in disco/boogie style, conceived in strict sonata form. Thanks to Beethoven, a composer known for his robust sense of humour.

Work Details

Year: , this version: 1982

Instrumentation: For 2 voices (optional for Triple six), alto saxophone, electric guitar, violoncello, 2 keyboards (synthesizer or versatile electronic), 2 percussionists (bongo, gourd, cowbell, maraccas, tabla, gong, timbale ; drum kit, timpani), bass guitar.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Applied jazz with improvisation moments

Contents note: Triple six (5 min., 13 sec.) -- Free spirit (4 min., 45 sec.) -- The Beethoven boogie (8 min., 54 sec.).

Dedication note: Triple six - "For 37251 who was not there" -- T.p. ; Free spirit - "For 37251 who one day will realize that to be free is to be alone" -- T.p. ; The Beethoven boogie - "For Hazel who was there" -- T.p.

"Curiously, in 1982, the (then) Australian Film Commission (now incorporated in Screen Australia) funded the recording of this music as support for an application for funding of a film musical written by your truly-uly to be titled “All Girl Big Band”. Funding for that film project did not eventuate, Surprise, surprise"  Derek Strahan


Jazz fusion Suite - 1st Movt: Triple Six


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