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Crustacean Rejoinder : for mixed chamber ensemble

by Steve Wood (1997, this version: 1988)

Crustacean Rejoinder


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Crustacean Rejoinder : for mixed chamber ensemble / Steve Wood.

Library shelf no. 785.3416/WOO 1 [Available for loan]

Crustacean rejoinder


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Crustacean rejoinder : for chamber choir and mixed ensemble / Steve Wood ; poem by Kenneth Slessor.

Version: This product features the SATB Choir with chamber ensemble version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.554/WOO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 1997, this version: 1988

Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, clarinet/tubular bells, percussion (marimba/2 splash cymbals/cowbell/tom toms - high,medium,low /2 bass drums - 1 suspended, 1 floor with pedal), violin, cello, piano.

Difficulty: Advanced

Words from 'Crustacean rejoinder' by Kenneth Slessor, and 'Litany against everything' by Steve Wood.

Crustacean Rejoinder is an instrumental piece which was later adapted for chamber ensemble and choir.  It is based on a poem by Kenneth Slessor which is in this version interpreted without words or voices.  The poem tells of how in the modern busy world people often build a hard 'shell' around themselves for protection, isolating them in the process. It is set in a series of abstracted 'blues' verses of varying lengths - not just 12 bar groupings. It's complex, busy intensity eventually gives way to a somewhat stately conclusion before returning to the initial 'rat race' tempo.

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