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Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation:  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; strings | (Perc: triangle, 3 log drums, susp. cymbal, 2 bongos, snare drum, splash cymbal, bass drum)

Year:  2009
Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation  3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 3 pe...

Composer:   Robbie Ellis

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Robbie Ellis: Feral; audio

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Robbie Ellis: Feral; video

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Feral is the story of a creature that lives somewhere humans seldom go. His environment is dank and dark. Sunlight seldom penetrates the tree canopy – day is differentiated from night only by a thin translucent film. This area is down the side of a hill in a remote, inhospitable valley not easily accessed by others. Perhaps it's a forbidding lost world at the back of your garden.

The creature is aggressive, easily spurned, and thoroughly anti-social – both by environment and by choice. He has no need of a name, because nobody ever sees him long enough to give him one – or at least nobody lives to tell the tale. You find yourself on his turf. Nobody can hear you.

You're never to be heard from again.

Feral was workshopped by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hamish McKeich as a finalist in the 2009 NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composers Competition. The piece was highly commended through winning the Orchestra's Choice Award.

Performance history

23 Aug 2009: NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards

16 Jun 2012: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich, with choreography by Jaered Glavin from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, danced by Medhi Angot, Katherine Grange, Antonia Hewitt, Bronte Kelly, Dimitri Kleioris and Yang Liu. Part of <i>Leaps & Sounds</i>, a collaboration between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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