Flash Madness

(2006)

by Matthew Hindson

Description
orchestra
Duration
5
Genres
Orchestral, Full Orchestra
Instrumentation
picc.1.1.ca.2.2 - 4231 - timp - perc(2): crash.cym/tamb/cowbell/whistle/mark tree or windchimes/SD/2 bongos/floor tom/orch BD - harp - strings
Commission
Commissioned by Symphony Australia as part of a Composer Attachment with The Queensland Orchestra with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body
First Performance
22/23.08.06: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The Queensland Orchestra/Nicholas Milton
Availability

Score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Flash Madness began its life as a work for solo xylophone, written in a hotel room in Brisbane in between rehearsals of my music by The Queensland Orchestra. This new version of the piece is for orchestra, and broadly follows the structure of the original xylophone work, while introducing and expanding the original material. The two words in the title Flash Madness give some clue as to the work’s character and content. The “flash” refers to the very fast tempo, while the “madness” refers to the many changes in character within the piece itself. Different sections of the orchestra are highlighted quite separately from one another, almost as if the various personalities of the orchestra are each struggling to dominate and be heard. Programme note by Matthew Hindson, 2006

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