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Dolmen for New Albion : for ten players

by Nicholas Vines (2004)

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Dolmen for New Albion : for ten players / Nicholas Vines.

Library shelf no. 785.3219/VIN 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

'New Albion' was the name given by Governor Arthur Phillip to the colony he founded in 1788 on the shores of Port Jackson, Australia. The settlement acquired the name 'Sydney' shortly afterwards, a designation it has kept to the present day. I was intrigued, nevertheless, by the power of that first name to invoke in my mind visual and sonic images of an alternative, purely speculative Sydney, with its own history and culture. My response to this was to write Dolmen for New Albion, which is both a celebration of, and an elegy for that world that never was.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, horn in F, trumpet in C, tenor trombone, percussion (1 player), piano, accordion, violin, cello.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional, new music specialist

First performance: by Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson — 21 May 05. Paine Hall, Harvard University

Received an Honourable Mention in the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Memorial International Composition Competition (US).

Performances of this work

16 Nov 06: Tyron Festival Theater, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Featuring University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, Stephen Taylor.

21 May 05: Paine Hall, Harvard University. Featuring Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson.

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