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To the Edge : orchestra

by Barry Conyngham (2006)

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Performance by Richard Davis, Ormond Ensemble from the CD Gardener of Time

Gardener of Time


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Gardener of Time : Barry Conyngham at 75.

Library shelf no. CD 3180 [Not for loan]

To The Edge


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To The Edge : for small orchestra / Barry Conyngham.

Library shelf no. 784.2/CON 11 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

To The Edge is in some ways a short concerto for small orchestra. The images suggested to me by the title are used freely: to the edge of some aspect of playing a particular instrument, to the edge of emotional expression, to the edge of pitch, speed, dynamic, coming near to the edge, if not quiet getting there.

The work focuses on individual instruments, or pairs, or groups within the ensemble. With comments from Piano and Percussion, the work evolves through

(i) Horn and Oboes
(ii) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
(iii) Bassoons
(iv) Flute and Piccolo
(v) String section, pizzicato then tremolando
(vi) Finally, all the instruments, rushing at speed to the edge…

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horn, timpani, percusstion, piano, strings.

Duration: 11 min.

Commission note: Pro Arte Australia

Performances of this work

27 Aug 2019: at Conyngham at 75 (The Ian Potter Southbank Centre). Featuring Richard Davis.

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