Nigel Osborne: Zansa

Nigel Osborne Zansa
Zansa

Nigel Osborne: Zansa

Year of composition:
1985
Scored for:
for chamber ensemble
Composer:
Nigel Osborne
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, pno, "zansa", 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+alto fl)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in Bb
trombone
percussion
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
20’
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Zansa
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Work introduction

Mbira and Zansa are two of a group of related works by Nigel Osborne (including Wildlife written for Ballet Rambert in 1984) which draw on a wide range of ethnic musics – from sources as far apart as Central Africa and the Amazon basin, Lapland and Papua new Guinea. Both the Mira and Zansa are forms of African thumb-piano and the Zansa itself makes a brief appearance at the centre of the larger work.

Zansa is dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitsky.

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