The flower-girls : for oboe solo
by Christopher Sainsbury (1994)
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The work is in three movements. Don't Touch My Hair ( a 'narky' piece about the flower-girls having their hair done for the wedding to come), The Procession (the hair thing resolved, the flower-girls enjoy the walk down the aisle), and The Leaning Gravestone Is 'Bar' (after the wedding the flower-girls chase one another in the graveyard). The first movement is rhythmic, angular and chromatic. The second movement is tonal, being tasty broken chords in sequence forming a melody. The third movement is series of running lyrical arcs that come to a halt ocassionally in unexpected places.
Instrumentation: Oboe (or flute).
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Suits higher AMEB grades.
Contents note: I. Don't touch my hair -- II. The processional -- III. The leaning gravestone is 'bar'
Dedication note: "To Louana and Shelley"
First performance: by Anna Parker — 1994. Kincumber Mountain Mud Hut, Green Coast Festival, Central Coast
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc on this work:
Hindemith (first movement), Brumby (second movement).
Performances of this work
2010: Central Coast Conservatorium Staff Concert, Robert Know Hall, Central Coast Conservatorium.. Featuring Rachel Tolmie.
1994: Kincumber Mountain Mud Hut, Green Coast Festival, Central Coast. Featuring Anna Parker.
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