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Hands of Orlac - technical information



Soprano soloist

Piano soloist (playing grand and upright prepared pianos - see technical requirements for more details)


Orchestra: 2 Flutes, Oboe, English Horn, Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons (opt. Contra 2nd), 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets in C, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Percussion (2 Players), Harp, Full Strings


Percussion: vibraphone, marimba, 2 suspended cymbals, 2 china cymbals, sizzle cymbal, splash cymbal, crash cymbals, tam tam, snare drum, 3 toms, 2 bongos, 1 large timpani, 2 triangles, flexatone, ratchet, 2 large rainsticks, temple blocks


Rehearsal schedule:


2 * 2.5 hr rehearsals (full tech, 2nd half)

1 * 2.5 h dress (full tech)


+ solo pianist will need 3 hours to prepare the upright piano before the 1st rehearsal

+ 15min sound-check for soprano and piano amplification before the 1st rehearsal


Technical requirements: 


1. Video projection (digital) - audio out click track

The click track should be directed to conductor, harp, solo piano, and principal percussion with mono earpiece - each with a volume control


2. Prepared piano

A "junk" piano upright is required to be prepared by the piano soloist.  Any will do. There will be no damage to the piano, however, it will be significantly detuned and prepared with various objects - thus will require extensive tuning after to be brought back to playability.


3. Amplification

The rear station (see staging) for the soprano requires a microphone

The prepared piano requires amplification

All should be to a PA - ideally if over the ensemble, or have the speakers pointing slightly into the group, towards the conductor for best blend and quality


4. Soloists

Stacie Dunlop (soprano) and Greg Oh (piano) are suggested soloists.  It should be noted that the piano part is highly improvised, and requires special skills in order to be performed properly - thus it is with very high recommendation that Greg Oh be the piano soloist.

Please contact the composer if you are interested in performing this work with different soloists

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