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Dramatis personae : music for trumpet and orchestra

by Brett Dean (2013)

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Performance by Håkan Hardenberger, Gothenburg Symphony, John Storgårds from the CD Håkan Hardenberger plays Dean and Francesconi

Håkan Hardenberger plays Dean and Francesconi


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Dramatis personae : music for trumpet and orchestra / Brett Dean.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2892/DEA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Solo trumpet, 4 flutes (1 & 4 doubling piccolo; 2 & 3 doubling alto flute), 2 oboes (2 doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets (3 doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombones, tuba, timpani , percussion (4 players), harp, piano (doubling celesta), strings (min

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Fall of a superhero -- II. Soliloquy -- III. The accidental revolutionary.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Håkan Hardenberger

Commission note: Commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.

First performance: by Håkan Hardenberger, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, John Storgårds — 31 Aug 13. Wolkenturm, Grafenegg

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Winner Brett Dean


Resonate article: 2015 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

9 Mar 2016: at Toronto Symphony: Dean & Ledger (Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto, Canada)). Featuring Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Håkan Hardenberger.

5 Dec 2014: at BBC Symphony: Dramatis personae (Barbican Hall (London)). Featuring Håkan Hardenberger, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

22 Oct 2014: at SSO: Dramatic Trumpet (Sibelius & Dean) (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Håkan Hardenberger, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean.

3 Jul 14: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Germany. Featuring Håkan Hardenberger, Andris Nelsons, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

29 May 14: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK. Featuring Håkan Hardenberger, Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

3 Oct 13: Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. Featuring Håkan Hardenberger, John Storgårds, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

31 Aug 13: Wolkenturm, Grafenegg. Featuring John Storgårds, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Håkan Hardenberger.

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