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Nine of Staves

For Amplified Chamber Orchestra.  Duration: 9 minutes.

Commissioned by Dogs of Desire

with choreography by Safi Harriott

World premiere performance on May 16th, 2014.


Program Note:


Nine of Staves inhabits worlds of hot grey earth and burning sand: badlands, prairies, deserts. Although beautiful, under the wrong circumstances these environments possess their own brutal gravity and possessiveness. The tarot card for which this piece is named implies embattlement with one's circumstances; exhaustion. However, the card also offers a glimmer of hope. Out on the horizon is a place of respite – an oasis or a homestead. The mazes of canyon and quicksand between here and there can be navigated, given enough grit and determination.


-Conor Brown and Safi Harriott



Instrumentation:

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Bassoon

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Piano

Drum Kit

2 Sopranos

2 Violins

1 Viola

1 Cello

1 Electric Bass