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Birthday Music for Sheila

for bassoon

Year:  1998   ·  Duration:  5m

Year:  1998
Duration:  5m

Jack Speirs

Composer:   Jack Speirs

Films, Audio & Samples

Jack Speirs: Birthday music...

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The whole piece is based on the first four notes of the Prelude, which represents the name Sheila [Sheila Climpson "salami maker, potter, bassoonist and friend" - the works dedicatee]. The prelude also holds the clue to which particular birthday this is!


Dedication note

for Sheila Climpson

Contents note

1. Prelude
2. Dithyramb
3. Ostinato
4. Toccata
5. Postlude

Performance history

07 Mar 2006: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) as part of the Bay of Islands Arts Festival at The Centre, in Kerikeri

14 Jan 2007: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) at Trondheim Public Library Auditorium, in Norway

16 Mar 2010: New Zealand Music for Woodwinds

16 Mar 2010: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington

28 Jun 2013: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) at University of Redlands in California

November 2009: Performed by Joseph Donnelly (bassoon) at Marama Hall in Dunedin

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