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woodthrow, yet whispering caress

Sheet Music: Score

woodthrow, yet whispering caress / Robert Douglas.

by Robert Douglas (2011)


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The term 'woodthrow' refers to a tree felled by the wind, usually during a storm. Imagine an instrument-maker who comes across the huge trunk stretched out on the floor of the forest. She cuts a selected section, takes it back to her workshop and makes a musical instrument.

When this instrument is played, the wood in it causes a column of air to vibrate, resulting in sound.

Thus the cycle of cause and effect is complete. The extreme violence of the gust of air which uprooted a huge tree is answered by the most fragile sympathetic caressing of a body of air in a musical instrument - in the case of this piece, each instrument is a differing example of ways to use wood to excite an associated body of air.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (6p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmic complexity of cello and marimba parts

Duration: 3 mins

Dedicated to Riley Lee, Emily Duffill, Claire Edwardes

First performance by Riley Lee, Emily Duffill, Claire Edwardes — 28 May 11. Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW

Performers should use the full score instead of parts. This is due to the nature of cues between parts.

Includes performance notes.

A work for combination of eastern and western instrumentation.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720112-10-7

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