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Blue Work

Forgotten Memories

for viola and orchestra

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2 (2nd doubling bass fl.), 2 (2nd doubling C.A.), 1 E flat cl., 1B flat Cl., 2 bsn (2nd doubling Contra); 2,2,1,0; timp., perc. (bass dr., snare, cym., tubular bells, vib.); strings, including solo viola.

Year:  2004
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2 (2nd doubling bass fl.), ...

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Chris Cree Brown: Forgotten...

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Sample: Pages 1-8

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Perhaps a little like objects in cyberspace, memories are simultaneously real while in another sense, imagined fabrications. Each of us has stored an incalculable number of memories that become distorted, fade over time, or are forgotten. The questions of how real are memories and when do they exist or cease to exist has fascinated me for several years. This work is intended to speak about forgotten memories, not only personal ones, but also the countless memories that have been lost or misplaced over the millennia of human existence. There is a melody on the solo Viola that first appears two minutes into the work; it is reiterated twice, but is coloured by other sounds on each successive rendition, perhaps like the colouring of our memories.

Commissioned note

By the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and for the soloist Vyvyan Yendoll.

Performance history

04 Mar 2005: Performance by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Judd, with Vyvyann Yendall (viola); Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington