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Ballad of a Highlands man

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Ballad of a Highlands man : a journey in five parts / Michael Sollis.

by Michael Sollis (2006)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo (doubling PNG flute), clarinet (doubling PNG flute), harp, violin, viola, cello, tenor voice, percussion (also conducting where required).
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    From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66


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Ballad of a Highlands Man was written shortly after the composer returned from Papua New Guinea in 2006, and revised in 2008 for the Griffyn Ensemble. Sollis has a long-standing interest in the music and cultures of PNG, and in 2006 was involved in the Chanted Tales Australian Research Project, examining a range of genres of sung narratives. This trip served to focus his interest on the relationship between speech and song, an area he examined in several academic publications.

The Ballad is not specifically influenced by the music of PNG, but is more generally influenced by sounds and cultural symbols, and broad ideas of sound and speech. The use of sounds that are specific to PNG locates the piece in the Pacific - primarily indigenous flutes, traditionally played in pairs across a large space, and the voice part is in a blend of English and Tok Pisin (PNG pidgin) throughout.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 8 performance parts (93p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

The composer cites the following influences on this work:
Papua New Guinea, Tok Pisin music and language

The PNG flutes are found in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

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Ballad of a Highlands man
Score: Ballad of a Highlands man : a journey in five parts / Michael Sollis.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66 / works by Michael Sollis.


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