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Five Responses

for women's voices, male speaker and ensemble

Year:  1989   ·  Duration:  30m
Instrumentation:  3 sopranos, 3 altos, male speaker; alto flute/piccolo, E-flat clarinet, B-flat clarinet , bass clarinet, horn, 2 percussion, harp, piano; extras: 13 balloons (with pins), brick (for piano pedal), 100+ table tennis balls, 13 maracas

Year:  1989
Duration:  30m
Instrumentation  3 sopranos, 3 altos, male s...

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Sample Score

Sample: First page of each movement

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This work for mixed ensemble and female voices drew its inspiration from a series of paintings by Ken Robinson which were hung up behind the performers. "Drawing on Spanish texts from Pablo Neruda and St John of the Cross, Eve de Castro-Robinson has produced some wonderfully exotic music. Timbres are perfectly judged, from the vibrant exoticism of alto flute in 'Edged' to the mysterious ceremony of horn and timpani in 'Black Drop' and solo lines have a tremendous sense of tautness and cohesion." William Dart, Music in NZ

Dedication note

Dedicated to the composer's husband, Ken

Contents note

  1. Stripe Drop
  2. Edged
  3. Sway
  4. Black Drop
  5. Staccato

Text note

Text by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Pablo Neruda

Performance history

Performed by the Karlheinz Company conducted by Eve de Castro-Robinson