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Carrick Bend

for solo saxophone and chamber ensemble

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  14m
Instrumentation:  solo saxophone (tenor and soprano), flt, ob, cl, bs cl, hn, tpt, tbn, 3 perc., hp, gtr, pno, 2 vln, vla, vc, db.

Year:  2005
Duration:  14m
Instrumentation  solo saxophone (tenor and s...

Composer:   Chris Watson

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This work might be seen as a survey, from one end to the other, of a symmetrical, double-ended knot, where one thread is made of a sonic imagining of wire and the other of silk. Myriad loops and elbows, dippings under and over and threadings of eyes give rise to possibilities for certain meldings of materials, collisions of density, flavour and colour. Considered one of the most secure methods of tying two lines together, the Carrick Bend, like all bend-knots, has loose ends...

Carrick Bend was commissioned by Stroma, with funding from Creative New Zealand. It was premiered by Stroma (cond. Hamish McKeich), with saxophonist Lars Mlekusch, in Wellington in 2005.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Stroma, with funding from Creative New Zealand

Dedication note

for Lars Mlekusch and Stroma

Performance history

17 Jul 2005: Performed by Stroma (cond. Hamish McKeich) and Lars Mlekusch (saxophones)