DeathStench

(1995)

by Matthew Hindson

Description
amplified flute, amplified clarinet and piano
Duration
14
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Commission
Commissioned by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. It was short-listed in the inaugural Ladislav Kublik International Composition Prize.
First Performance
FP:18.10.96, Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo, NSW, Australia: Sydney Alpha Ensemble
Availability

Score (fp) 0-571-56619-7 and set of parts (fp) 0-571-56623-5 on sale

Programme Notes
Death Stench is concerned with three main ideas: 1) a programmatic reference to physical death, and the instinctive fight of any being to resist its onset; 2) a contemplation of life experiences before the point of a being's death, and an imagined assessment of their value after life has ceased; and 3) references to the musical genre 'death-metal', in which dark musical and textual motives (hence the title) are given virtuosically theatrical treatments. DeathStench was commissioned by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, for first performance by them. It has also been performed by the Sydney ensemble Coruscations, and was a short-listed composition in the inaugural Ladislav Kublik International Composition Prize.

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