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Melodies for Orchestra

Year:  1983   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  3(1pc,1alt.fl)222; 4331; 2perc,pf,hp; strs.

Year:  1983
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  3(1pc,1alt.fl)222; 4331; 2...

Jack Body
Composer

Composer:   Jack Body

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To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

Programme note

This work reflects my developing interest in the incredible diversity of melodic forms and styles as found outside the traditions of Western art music. The basis of the piece is a series of three transcriptions which I notated from recordings. The first is a Greek fiddle tune Horos Serraborrowed from a recording of Greek folk music; the second is a fragment for solo bamboo flute (saluang) which introduces a kind of sung poetry from West Sumatra; the third Hindi film theme as played by a street band in Pune, India, an ensemble comprising four clarinets, two trumpets and two drums. (The latter two recordings I made my self).

These transcriptions for orchestra attempt to capture something of the style of playing and timbre of the original performances. Around these more or less literal reproductions I have added an orchestral fabric whose purpose is to create coherence and continuity within the work. I am not able to justify bringing together three different musics which are so unrelated culturally speaking - my intention is simply to try to convey something of the joy and excitement I experienced when I encountered each one for the first time.

Jack Body, 1983

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Commissioned note

Commissioned by IBM New Zealand Limited in 1983 for the University of Auckland Centenary celebrations

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


Performance history

20 Mar 2009: NZSO: Melodies 1

27 Mar 2009: NZSO: Melodies 2

31 Mar 2009: NZSO: Melodies 3

01 Apr 2009: NZSO: Melodies 4

27 Aug 2015: APO | Inspired by Exotica

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young