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An Orientalist in Palestine : full orchestra

by Katia Tiutiunnik (2000)

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Australian Composers Orchestral Forum : ACOF 2000.

Library shelf no. CD 658 [Available for loan]

Orientalist in Palestine


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An Orientalist in Palestine : for orchestra / Katia Tiutiunnik.

Library shelf no. 784.2/TIU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

An Orientalist in Palestine is a musical commentary on the way in which Palestine has been portrayed in many of Hollywood's epic films. It is also is intended to be evocative of the spiritual dimension of Palestine and symbolic of the suffering the Palestinians have undergone as a direct consequence of the Zionist colonisation of Palestine. The research which led to the creation of An Orientalist in Palestine encompassed detailed studies of several works of the late Edward Said, including his controversial masterpieces Orientalism (1979) and The Question of Palestine ( 1980).

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Written for the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum (ACOF) 2000

First performance: by David Porcelijn, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra — 14 Jul 00. ABC Odeon, Hobart

The composer notes the following subjects, styles, influences, etc associated with this work:
Arab music, Jewish music, Greek Orthodox Church music, Hollywood epic film music


Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26

Book: Dreams of the Orient : a western art music composer's journey into the Arab Islamic world / Katia Tiutiunnik.

Performances of this work

12 Oct 03: Llewellyn Hall, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra. Featuring ANU School of Music Orchestra, Nicolette Fraillon.

14 Jul 00: ABC Odeon, Hobart. Featuring David Porcelijn, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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