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for actor and orchestra

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  2**02*2*; 4331; timp; 2 perc; strings | (Perc: xylophone, snare drum, bass drum, whip, susp. cymbal)

Year:  2010
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  2**02*2*; 4331; timp; 2 per...

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

Films, Audio & Samples

Alex Taylor: Attention - AUDIO

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On May 25 2010, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill, also known as “Three Strikes” legislation, sponsored by David Garrett, the ACT Party, and the Sensible Sentencing Trust, and supported by the National Party, under Prime Minister John Key. The law imposes mandatory maximum sentences on offenders who commit three “Strike” offences, removing judicial discretion. An almost identical bill was passed in California in 1994. California’s crime rate remains 11% above the national average, its prison population has increased to nearly 200,000, and its recidivism rate is the highest in the United States.

Commissioned note

Written for the APO Composers' Workshop 2010

Contents note

one movement

Text note

Text by Alex Taylor, with extracts of parliamentary speeches from the Third Reading of the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill, May 25, 2010

Performance history

11 May 2011: APO NZ Composer Development: Works with Words

Workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with actor Stuart Devenie and conductor Kenneth Young at the Philharmonia Hall, Mt Eden, Auckland

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