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Witch Scarers

for orchestra

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 2perc.; strings | (Perc: vibraphone, susp. cymbal, crash cymbals, bass drum)

Year:  2007
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 2per...

Robin Toan

Composer:   Robin Toan

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Robin Toan: Witch Scarers -...

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Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera (The Stone Quarry), is one of Antonio Gaudi's contributions to the architecture of Barcelona. The eight story apartment building was built between 1906 and 1910 and has absolutely no straight walls. The roof of Casa Mila contain sculpted air ducts and chimneys that are so eerie they were nicknamed "espantabruxes" ("witch-scarers").

I am a great admirer of Gaudi's creations and enjoy translating his designs into music. The witch-scarers have magnificent presence and I have revelled in making sounds that capture their terrifying nature, strength and unique shapes.

Performance history

04 May 2008: 2008 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 1

28 May 2024: Discovery