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Flying west : for recorder, violoncello and harpsichord

by Ann Carr-Boyd (2013)

Audio Sample

Performance by Diana Weston, Thoroughbass from the CD Flying west

Flying west

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Flying west

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Flying west : for recorder, cello and harpsichord / Ann Carr-Boyd.

Library shelf no. 785.2413/CAR 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The music is based on a poem by Diana Weston, who wrote about a day in the life of a flying doctor working at the Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill, outback New South Wales. The centrepiece is the calming Wings from the Sky, a musical reflection of the welcome sight of the Flying Doctor plane when it appears out of the vast sky, its crew arriving to administer comfort and life-saving help.
Clinics are also held in outback towns and many patients have driven or flown a long way to one of these clinics and I have tried to picture the long day, the waiting, the hope, in the section named The Clinic. In Red Earth you may hear a familiar hymn - 'Onward Christian Soldiers' - included in honour of the Rev John Flynn, the Presbyterian minister who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service on May 15th, 1928, in Cloncurry,
Queensland.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Recorder, cello, harpsichord.

Duration: 10 min.

Contents note: Flying West -- Bumby Ride in a fast machine -- Interlude 1 -- Wings from the Sky -- Interlude 2 -- Red Earth -- The Clinic -- The Return (Interlude 2).

Dedication note: dedicated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Commission note: Commissioned by Diana Weston for performance by Thoroughbass.

First performance: by Thoroughbass at Flying West (Farnborough House) on 27 Jul 2014

Performances of this work

10 May 2015: at Flying West (The Rose Room). Featuring Thoroughbass.

9 May 2015: at Flying West (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

19 Apr 2015: at Flying West (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

27 Jul 2014: at Flying West (Farnborough House). Featuring Thoroughbass.

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