Skimming : for solo piccolo
by Houston Dunleavy (2013)
Library shelf no. 788.33/DUN 1 [Not for loan]
Skimming takes its title from ideas that were swirling around my head regarding stones skimming across water. I was wondering how such an image could be portrayed in music, other than in a simplistic, quick-tempo piece. I wanted to convey the idea of skimming along a surface, and bouncing up only to hit again, and gradually to run out of energy only to be skipping along again with a new burst of speed in as many musical parameters as possible. So, along with fast, irregular rhythms, there are harmonic considerations too. The piece is based on a series of pentachords, usually presented in groups of two that sometimes have notes in common. This tries to represent the image of two surfaces occasionally touching one another as then run past.
Duration: 6 min.
Performances of this work
24 Jan 2016: at Skimming: A Recital of Australian piccolo music by Melanie Walters (Auditorium of the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne). Featuring Melanie Walters.
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