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woodthrow, yet whispering caress (trios: shakuhachi, marimba, cello)

by Robert Douglas (2011)

woodthrow, yet whispering caress


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woodthrow, yet whispering caress / Robert Douglas.

Library shelf no. Q 785.5813/DOU 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Shakuhachi, cello, marimba (5 octave).    

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmic complexity of cello and marimba parts

Dedication note: Dedicated to Claire Edwardes, Emily Duffill, Riley Lee

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

A work for combination of eastern and western instrumentation.

Performances of this work

28 May 11: Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW. Featuring Riley Lee, Emily Duffill, Claire Edwardes.

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