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for chamber ensemble

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  for saxophone/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, electric guitar, violin and cello

Year:  2010
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  for saxophone/bass clarinet...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

Films, Audio & Samples

Juliet Palmer: Bout — VIDEO

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Sample: Rehearsal letters I-L

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Sample: Page 1, 2, 10, 24 and 25

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Bout is inspired by the sport of women’s boxing. In an interview with Canadian boxing pioneer Savoy “Kapow” Howe, I was struck by her detailed demonstration of the inner monologue of a fighter. Melodic and rhythmic material from her words insinuate themselves into the piece, along with referee’s whistles, counts and bells, training routines and the dogged persistence of the fighter.

Bout: A round at fighting; a contest, match, trial of strength, physical or intellectual.

Commissioned note

"Bout" was commissioned by CONTACT Contemporary Music for the Six Team League Project through the Ontario Arts Council. The Six Team League project brings together six ensembles and six composers from across the country: ECM+Bradyworks (Montréal), Motion Ensemble (Moncton, NB), St. Crispin’s Ensemble (Edmonton), CONTACT (Toronto) and Negative Zed (Vancouver).

Performance history

15 May 2010: Performed by Motion Ensemble at Charlotte St. Arts Centre in Fredericton, Canada

20 Oct 2019: Auckland Chamber Orchestra | Composer Portrait - Juliet Palmer

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