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Secret Arnold

for orchestra

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4331; 3 perc., timp.; strings | (Perc: glock., tub. bells, vibraphone, marimba, wind machine, hi-hat, snare drum, triangle, xylo.)

Year:  1999
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4331; 3 perc., ti...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

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In his Second String Quartet Op.10, Schoenberg stepped outside the four corners of the quartet and created a sublime part for soprano. In the last movement she sings 'I feel air from other planets'. Just as Schoenberg opened a door for classical music with his Second String Quartet, Jamaican dub started the sampling and scratching scene which grooved all the way to 90's Bristol. Clive Randy Chin's Easy Come Dub is a stripped down remix of The Wailers' It Won't Come Easy. In Only You from 1997, the Bristol-based band Portishead create an ambient space in which even the Inspector Clouseau theme finds a new identity. Compressing time and space, Secret Arnold finds room for all three - Schoenberg, Randy and Portishead.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their Millennium Fanfare Series

Performance history

05 May 1999: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Samuel Wong