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The Pool and the star : chamber orchestra

by Lisa Cheney (2014)

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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 Overview

The Pool and the Star is inspired by a poem of the same name by the late Australian poet, Judith Wright. The composer writes, "I have often found Wright's work a stimulus for creative expression, and on this occasion it was the vivid imagery and evocative language in The Pool and the Star that invited my musical response." The work loosely captures the narrative of the poem in which the pool, in love, each night awaits patiently for the rising of a star to bring to life the time and waters from which the pool gathers itself together. Venturing through and between two worlds, the music depicts earth and water on one hand, and on the other, sky and space. Accordingly, the piece is through-composed commencing with a portrayal of calm and tranquillity and progressing through a series of changes of varying intensity, returning in the closing bars to a mood akin to that of the opening.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned as part of the 2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program.

First performance: by Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at MSO: 2013 Cybec Composers Program (Iwaki Auditorium) on 25 Jan 2014


Performances of this work

4 Jun 2017: at Australian Discovery Orchestra: Earth, Water, Sky (Live streaming event (online)). Featuring Australian Discovery Orchestra.

9 Apr 2014: at Frescoes of Dionysius (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Olli Mustonen.

25 Jan 2014: at MSO: 2013 Cybec Composers Program (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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