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House of the beehives : for flute, oboe & fixed-media

by Melody Eötvös (2015)

House of the beehives


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House of the beehives : for flute, oboe & fixed-media / Melody Eötvös.

Library shelf no. 785.812/EOT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Originally inspired by Italo Calvino's Difficult Loves, this work explores several different facets of the fascinating yet grisly tale The House of the Beehives. I won't reveal much about the story here except for that I've grouped the tale into four thematic areas, the first of which returns at the end, full circle.

Like a sinking memory-go-round The result is a prickly, pagan-esk unfolding that begins with the opening chorale theme, and slowly sinks into an uncertain world that wavers somewhere in between the lost and the found --- unmasking the central character as an alienated but profoundly content human being.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, fixed-electronics.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Hermit (chorale)  -- II. Bees (toccata)  -- III. Into the Woods (the wall)  -- IV. The Encounter ... to see the terror and shame in her eyes -- V. The Hermit.

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside.. Commissioned by Julian Burnside.

First performance: by Inventi Ensemble at BIFEM: Inventi (Strategem Studio, Ulumbarra Theatres) on 5 Sep 2015

Performances of this work

2 Oct 2017: at House of the Beehives: Eotvos (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Inventi Ensemble.

5 Sep 2015: at BIFEM: Inventi (Strategem Studio, Ulumbarra Theatres). Featuring Inventi Ensemble.

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