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Talking Earth

for brass band

Year:  2017 Instrumentation:  Soprano Cornet, Solo Cornet, Repiano Cornet, Cornets 2-3, Flugelhorn, Solo Horn, Horns 1-2, 2 Baritones, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Eb Bass Tuba, Bb Bass Tuba, Percussion (1: Suspended Cymbal, Low Tom-tom, Tam-tam | 2: Bass Drum, Low Temple Block, Low Tom-tom)

Year:  2017
Instrumentation  Soprano Cornet, Solo Cornet...

Composer:   Chris Gendall

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8 of score

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In Svetlana Alexievich’s oral history of the Chernobyl disaster (Voices from Chernobyl, 2006), one of her subjects refers to the region’s human survivors as “talking earth”. My work is inspired by the understated, immeasurable resilience of people in co-operation, and scored to showcase the collective assets of an ensemble new to me: the brass band. It is also inspired by musical realisations of resilience, mōteatea in particular.

Talking Earth was composed in residence as Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, and is dedicated to Wellington Brass.

Dedication note

for Wellington Brass