Sea Gongs - A Look at Gareth Farr
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July 18, 2016
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The piece was to be in two parts: a short impressive prelude followed by a more extensive tone poem - the total length being about 25 minutes. This was to give versatility to the work, so Part One could be played solely as a rousing concert opener or the whole work as a substantial concert item.
Farr contemplated adding ethnic performance groups with the orchestra for Sea Gongs, but eventually decided to use just orchestral instruments...
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His reasoning was that "this piece was a celebration of the orchestra, and the many wonderful sounds and textures it can produce." At the time, Farr was experimenting with ethnic instruments and ideas in his compositions, and trying to reproduce these sounds with an orchestra. This experimentation can be found in Sea Gongs, Tabuh Pacific, and various other works of his...
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