David Sawer: Take off

David Sawer Take off
Take off

David Sawer: Take off

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for chamber ensemble
David Sawer
fl, cl(2), pno, vln, vla, vc
Instrumentation details:
flute (+ a fl, picc), 2 clarinets (+bass cl), piano, violin, viola, cello
Commissioned by Kirklees Metropolitan Council with funds provided by Yorkshire Arts Association
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Work introduction

With this piece I wanted to tell a continuous narrative through the juxtaposition of various scenes: my visual image came from photographs of the two slightly eccentric Wright brothers as they finally succeeded, after countless experiment and much failure, in performing the first powered, sustained and controlled man-made flight on 17th December 1903 at the Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They also provided me with the work's subtitle - "a mechanical ballet".

David Sawer

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