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Death stench : for amplified flute, amplified clarinet in A and piano

by Matthew Hindson (1995)

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Performance by Sydney Alpha Ensemble from the CD Deleted on 5 Apr 13 Five movements for saxophone quartet ; Death stench

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Work Overview

Death Stench is concerned with three main ideas: 1) a programmatic reference to physical death, and the instinctive fight of any being to resist its onset; 2) a contemplation of life experiences before the point of a being's death, and an imagined assessment of their value after life has ceased; and 3) references to the musical genre 'death-metal', in which dark musical and textual motives (hence the title) are given virtuosically theatrical treatments. DeathStench was commissioned by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, for first performance by them. It has also been performed by the Sydney ensemble Coruscations, and was a short-listed composition in the inaugural Ladislav Kublik International Composition Prize.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Flute (amplified), clarinet in A (amplified), piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Alpha Ensemble.

First performance: by Sydney Alpha Ensemble — 18 Oct 96. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Sydney

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
1995 1st International Ladislav Kubik Prize for Composition (Florida State University) Finalist Matthew Hindson


Article: Dawn of a new world symphony
by Gordon Kerry — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 24 March 2009, pp.13

Performances of this work

13 Jun 2010: at Syzygy Ensemble- Metaphysical Morsels (Guildford Lane Gallery). Featuring Laila Engle, Julia Stoppa, Leigh Harrold.

4 Dec 2009: at Syzygy Ensemble 2010 series launch (Guildford Lane Gallery). Featuring Laila Engle, Julia Stoppa, Leigh Harrold.

18 Oct 96: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Sydney. Featuring Sydney Alpha Ensemble.

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