Glenside
(for chamber orchestra)

Neil Currie
Composer
Neil Currie
Composition Date: 1999
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
I remember the long, dry summers and balmy, moist, winters of Glenside, our South Australian home for five years. I remember my two little sons in their blue school uniforms, whacking a cricket ball against the vine-clad, red, brick of our house.
The juxtaposition of the musical elements in this work reflects the peace and pleasure we knew from the sun, the vineyards, and the sea, yet, too, our undeniable isolation and loneliness as we sought to find our way home.

There are three principal types of music in Glenside:
1. Players each emit, in a sort of staggered unison, a brief series of “cries”; this occurs three times in the work, at the beginning, middle, and end;
2. Strings play simple, hymn-like music in block chords. This music is based on a fragment of music which I heard one day on an Australian children’s t.v. program while we were eating breakfast; and
3. Winds and strings create more dissonant and complex textures of intermingling melodies above an ostinato of rising tones in the piano.

Commissioned by: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Premiere Information:
April 25, 1999 Broadway Theatre Saskatoon, Canada CBC Saskatchewan Conductor: Earl Stafford

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 C976gl
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 17, 2008
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((1). 50 p.); 28 cm.
    51 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 79
    14 parts ((79) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Chamber Orchestra:
    Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon
    Horn in F, Tpt in Bb, Trombone, Tuba
    Percussion (one player: vibraphone and glockenspiel)
    Piano
    Strings (min 4-4-3-2-1).
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