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Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons; 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 1 trombones, 1 timpani, 2 percussionists; harp, piano; strings
Duration: c. 12 minutes
Year of composition: 2014 / rev. 2015
Commissioned and premiered by the Albany Symphony Orchestra / Revised for the Spokane Symphony
“I’m a fan of the abstract – studying a topographic map to visualize the implied relief of a landscape; pondering the rules architecture of an old board game; witnessing a Merce Cunningham dance piece – experiences with no obvious plot or story arc. So it’s ironic that this piece, Bablook: Planet of Hands, is so unabashedly cinematic and narrative. What can I say? – the piece revealed itself to me on its own terms. The result seems to me like the soundtrack to an elaborate yet inadvertently satirical comic book.” -Conor Abbott Brown
commissioned by the Albany Symphony
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