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Two Sides


Fabian Svensson


Piccolo, bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano, violin, cello

Year of composition:




Commissioned by:

Sentieri selvaggi

Program note:

When I was asked to write a piece for the Italian ensemble Sentieri selvaggi, I was told that it would be premiered at a concert having as its theme “the right to dissent”; as a part of their concert season dedicated to “social and political rights”. My piece would have to somehow fit into that theme. Deeming it impossible to write a piece about as abstract a concept as that of the right to something, I decided instead to portray the actual concept of dissent. This was done by dividing the ensemble into two halves, one playing only in the high register, and the other only in the low register. These two groups are pitted against each other in an antagonistic and confrontational manner.

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Performed by Sentieri selvaggi. Conductor: Carlo Boccadoro


21st May 2007
Teatro dell'Elfo (Milan, Italy)
Sentieri selvaggi, Conductor: Carlo Boccadoro
5th May 2010
Acusticum (Piteå, Sweden)
Norrbotten NEO
6th May 2010
Lennox Theatre (Parramatta (Sydney), Australia)
Ensemble Offspring
9th May 2010
Capitol (Stockholm, Sweden)
Norrbotten NEO
23rd May 2010
Bandhagen Scen (Stockholm, Sweden)
Curious Chamber Players
22nd Sep 2010
Suomenlinna (Helsinki, Finland)
Ensemble Adapter
22nd Sep 2011
Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)
eighth blackbird
24th Sep 2011
The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent (Brisbane, Australia)
eighth blackbird
5th Oct 2011
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
eighth blackbird
11th Oct 2011
James J. Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York, USA)
eighth blackbird
15th Oct 2011
Miller Theatre (New York, USA)
eighth blackbird
19th Nov 2011
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA)
eighth blackbird
18th Dec 2011
Wentz Concert Hall (Naperville, Illinois, USA)
eighth blackbird
26th Jan 2012
Peoria Civic Center (Peoria, Illinois, USA)
eighth blackbird
24th Mar 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
eighth blackbird
6th Nov 2012
The Cultch (Vancouver, Canada)
Standing Wave
6th Jun 2014
The DiMenna Center (New York, USA)

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