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Parted Tongues

for orchestra

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2*2*22; 2221; perc., timp.; hp; strings | (Perc: glock., vib., xylo., choke cym., hi-hat, susp. cymbal, tri., 3 cowbells, brake drum, muted brake drum, tam-tam, wood block, 3 temple blocks, tom-tom, snare drum, bass drum)

Year:  1996
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2*2*22; 2221; perc., timp.;...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2

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"Sparkling parted tongues of flame crackling forth from the apostles' heads, their mouths spouting languages intelligible to all". Music can be a kind of 'outpouring', a creative combustion that we try to make intelligible with words. The piece begins as a steady, simple walk - like strolling down an old wooden pier. The boards creak, nails shake loose, the whole rickety structure shudders and quakes. Right at the end of the wharf, where the water laps the wood, there's a barnacle - beautiful, ugly, and stubborn all at the same time. How can this small creature cling to one place for its entire life?

Dedication note

Dedicated to James Rolfe

Performance history

28 Nov 1998: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

Performed in a workshop reading by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, USA in April 1996

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