Fellaheen (1999)
trumpet and drum
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Oswald Spengler in his book `The Decline of the West' (1922) set out the view that civilisations existed in life cycles, within which distinctions can be made between peoples before, within, and after a Culture. He named these people primitives, culture-peoples, and- from its best known example, the Egyptians of post-Roman times- fellah-peoples, or fellaheen. The work's percussion and trumpet part have been written independently of one another. They are to be performed simultaneosly with the stipulation that they begin together and that the trumpet part ends shortly before the percussion part.
Tim Parkinson was born in 1973. He studied composition at Oxford with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and the with Kevin Volans in Dublin. He has written for the Ensemble Bash, Tubalate, and duo Contour, and has received performances in London, Cologne, Bonn, and Grahamstown, South Africa.
 

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