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Stitching in the Ditch

for symphony orchestra

Year:  2001   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4321; timp., 2perc.; hp; strings | (Perc: extensive standard percussion)

Year:  2001
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4321; timp., 2per...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1-8.

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The phrase, 'stitching in the ditch', indicates a sewing technique of seam reinforcement. In 'Stitching in the Ditch' this notion of pulling extremes together resonates on a musical level - my sound inspirations come from construction sites (pneumatic drills, hand saws, pile drivers), classical repertoire (Debussy's La Mer), and instrument tuning (the organ of St Thomas' Church in Leipzig). Images that at first seem miles apart start to swim towards each other.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Performance history

19 Jul 2001: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya

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