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Lake Ice

Sheet Music: Score

Lake Ice : (Missed tales No. 1) / Mary Finsterer.

by Mary Finsterer (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo double bass (amplified), flute (doubling piccolo), alto flute (doubling flute), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contra-bassoon, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets in C, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (
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    Performance by Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.


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Lake Ice (Missed Tales No.1) is a concerto that embraces ancient myths and fresh new sounds. Composed for the double bass and orchestra, it features an instrument that is rarely placed centre-stage. More commonly a supporting instrument, the double bass is used as a distinctive, individual voice that weaves its way throughout the piece, uniting the various musical landscapes.

Lake Ice draws on the rich traditions of story telling and fantasy in both Westerns and Eastern cultures to craft the ever-changing orchestral settings through which both the double bass and the listener journey. Thematically the music is grounded in imaginative literary traditions that suggest some of the epic journeyings of the past. The piece provides a complete narrative rather like the experience of reading a short story and in this sense it is more unusual than many of the current modes of composition practice in Australia.

Having said that, Lake Ice
is also characteristically Australian. While it has a strong connection with European traditions, in using extended narrative form, Lake Ice charts one of our longest traditions in Australian culture, that of story-telling that links directly into the heart of the landscape. The double bass vocalises this journey in tandem with the orchestral accompaniment, often suggesting the open spaces and mysterious terrain of our ancient land.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (92p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Use of extended techniques

Duration: 19 mins

Dedication note: "Dedicated to my children, Eve & Wil Golja"

Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

First performance by Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis at Sydney Symphony: Finsterer (City Recital Hall Angel Place) on 29 Aug 2013

Includes programme notes.

The composer notes the following influences, etc associated with this work:
 medieval tonality; extra-musical extended narrative form.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720145-29-7

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This work is also available in the following products:

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.


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