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Sherrill's little song

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Sherrill's little song : for 3 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes, 2 contrabass flutes and hyperbass flute / by Houston Dunleavy.

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  • Instrumentation: 3 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes, 2 contrabass flutes, hyperbass flute.


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Peter Sheridan, Lecturer at Monash University, commissioned this work for a reading session of flutists at the 2013 Australian Flute Festival in Canberra, ACT. He wanted a lyrical piece that was fairly easy to sight-read, and that could be played even if the full complement of players was unavailable.
I choose to adapt and arrange a section of my first clarinet quartet, written way back in 1983. It fulfilled all of Peter's requirements, and I've become quite fond of the sonorities in this piece myself. However, the section I adapted can be understood a little more with this quote from the notes of the original quartet:

"This work holds, as its genesis, my own confused feelings about the trip back to Ulster - my first since leaving it in 1973. I was unsure why I was feeling so confused and anxious until I stood by the grave of my younger sister, Sherrill Lynne. She had died in infancy, while I was little more than a toddler myself. Yet the grief I felt standing by her final resting-place was a great release for me. Years of grief seemed to pour out, and the confusion of the weeks before the trip and the trip itself was finally resolved."

After that experience, I went back to an aunt's house, sat down at a piano, and played the music I have adapted here.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720133 81 2] — 1 score 5p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 8 parts

Includes program note and biographical notes on composer.

Arranged from Clarinet Quartet No.1 For Sherrill

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ISMN: 979 0 720133 81 2

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