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Cradle song : percussion

by Andrew Byrne (2007)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Solo crotales

Duration: 4 min.

As its title suggests, Cradle Song is a lyrical piece with lilting rhythm and gently rocking melody, beginning with two notes and slowing expanding to six. But there is a twist. Cradle Song is written for crotales, tuned cymbals whose complex bell timbres and long sustain transform this melody into a lullaby like no other. As each new note is introduced, it combines with the others to create a constellation of sound, a blurry otherworldly sonority that grows in intensity until the room itself begins to vibrate and resonate. There is not much chance of falling asleep to this cradle song.

Performances of this work

5 Dec 2014: at Australian Music for One Percussionist (Callaway Music Auditorium). Featuring Louise Devenish.

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