Didjeribluegrass

(2005)

by Matthew Hindson

Description
didjeridu, string orchestra and percussion
Duration
8
Genres
Solo Instruments with Orchestra, String Orchestra
First Performance
31.8.05, Ferry Road Studio, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: William Barton/The Queensland Orchestra/Brett Kelly
Availability
Score and parts for hire
Programme Notes
As the title suggests, Didjeribluegrass incorporates some aspects of bluegrass music, in particular the fast “fiddling” style of string playing that includes many open strings. Bluegrass music is especially associated with regional areas, and this seemed a good match with the first performances of this piece that took place in towns in western Queensland. The didjeridu sometimes works with this soundworld, but at other times either co-exists or seems to work against the string parts, taking over through improvisation and assume a more prominent role. Didjeribluegrass was commissioned by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music with the financial assistance of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body. The duration of Didjeribluegrass is approximately 7 minutes. Matthew Hindson is an academic staff member at the University of Sydney. Matthew Hindson

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