Guest with Sydney Con’s Modern Music Ensemble

by Jeremy on October 11, 2016

I had a great time working with Daryl Pratt and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Modern Music Ensemble, premiering my new work ‘Liminality’ and performing ‘Bons’ by Theo Loevendie.

Bons

Theo Loevendie – (b. 1930)

Bons is scored for fully notated chamber orchestra with improvising soloist

Liminality

Jeremy Rose (b. 1984)

for chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Modern Music Ensemble 2016

The title refers to a space of transition whereby one is undergoing a metamorphosis, searching for both a certain future, and an end to a journey that may be accompanied with discomfort, anxiety and displacement.

It is often used in fiction as a rite of passage of a character, as they undergo signification transformation of identity through sacrifice or tragedy.

Liminality uses this narrative as inspiration through the juxtaposition of several musical ideas to portray a musical story that is fractured, and left unanswered. A choral-like, slow rubato section is contrasted with chaotic, densely rhythmically layered orchestral sections. The work features several solos, including the oboe, trumpet, violin, cello, piano, as well as many duos throughout the ensemble.

The title of the work also represents a response to the tragic events to emerge from Australia’s off-shore detention centers, including the self-immolation of two people on Nauru. Although I am aware that one piece of music cannot change the world, I was deeply moved by the event and was motivated with a desire to express a lamentation for both the 23 year-old Iranian Omid Mosoumali and 21 year-old Somalian Hodan Yasin. The irony of Australia’s eagerness to join a war against many of the refugee’s countries in the name of liberating them from their leaders, whilst reluctantly providing safety and care for the people fleeing the war torn countries is tragic. Just as these political and humanitarian issues that serve the work as inspiration are unresolved, the work ends without a ‘happy ending’, an apt way to respond to this ongoing saga.

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