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Blue Work

Refrains Below

for chamber quintet

Year:  2008 Instrumentation:  for violin, bass clarinet, percussion and piano

Year:  2008
Instrumentation  for violin, bass clarinet, ...

John Elmsly

Composer:   John Elmsly

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In July 2008 I visited the Ngarua dry limestone caves on Takaka Hill for the first time, and saw within these magnificent underground chambers massive tubular columns some of which can be used as marimba-like resonators. Various musical ideas suggested themselves, including a performance of ‘Calls from the Ark’ for two bass clarinets with the addition of resonances from the columns. This provided the musical impetus for Refrains Below which freely re-works and transforms many of the materials of the earlier work for the ensemble of violin and bassclarinet, percussion and piano.

Performance history

28 Sep 2008: Performed by Thonthorstrok: Richard Haynes (bass cl), Donald Nicolson (pno), Arnold Marinissen (perc) and Johnny Chang (vln) in the Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington