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Blue Work


for orchestra

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  21m
Instrumentation:  3333*; 4231; timp., 3 perc.; harp, piano; strings

Year:  1995
Duration:  21m
Instrumentation  3333*; 4231; timp., 3 perc....

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body


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A radical composition for orchestra based totally on transcription and quotation, this work examines the West's fascination with pulse in music, and associated ideas of "primitivism". Direct quotes from Beethoven, Berlioz and Stravinsky intermingle and cross-pollinate, while the overall musical structure is underpinned by an extended transcription of the dynamic fire dance of the Baining people of Papua New Guinea.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Performance history

13 Apr 1995: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Stephen Barlow

30 Nov 2001: Performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young as part of the New Music New Zealand Festival in 2001

18 Apr 2009: Pulse

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young

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