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Work

1983
Duration:
13' 00"
Instrumentation:
3(1pc,1alt.fl)222; 4331; 2perc,pf,hp; strs.

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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

Commissioned:
Commissioned by IBM New Zealand Limited in 1983 for the University of Auckland Centenary celebrations
Difficulty:
Advanced
Influences:

Performance History

20 Mar 2009 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
27 Mar 2009 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Town Hall, Auckland
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
31 Mar 2009 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Town Hall, Christchurch
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
01 Apr 2009 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Town Hall, Dunedin
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
27 Aug 2015 Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by Andrew Gourlay at the Auckland Town Hall

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