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The Other Child of the Deceased

by Padraig Parkhurst

"The Other Child of the Deceased" Is work for spoken word and six musicians on the subject of IPE, or 'intimate partner violence'
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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This piece began as a rage. At the time it was written, Australian women were being murdered at a rate of roughly two a week by their intimate partners, and the government refused to properly fund women's shelters in spite of this. With this piece, I wished to expose the insidious and long-lasting effects of occurrences such as these, as well as reflecting the nature of an abusive relationship within the piece's structure. That is: seemingly chaotic, but deeply ordered and predictable. The views reflected in this piece are not my own, but those of the character, the one left behind, 'the other child of the deceased'.

Padraig Parkhurst is an Australian composer and published poet, whose works have been performed on three continents. His music combines modern classical elements with the spoken word, reviving the lost tradition of 'melodrama'. Padraig received a Masters of Music in classical guitar performance for Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2014, and has studied with some of the world's great guitarists, including Julian Byzantine, Karin Schaupp, Pepe Romero, the Grigoryan Brothers, Aleksandr Tsiboulski and Ana Vidovic.
Padraig is currently studying composition under Gerardo Dirié, investigating three centuries of the use of spoken word in Western classical music. He has written for some of the world's major guitar groups, with recordings expected soon. His style is influenced by everything from Messiaen to J Dilla, and everything in between.

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