Wind fanning a bushfire (solo piano)
by Barbara Durham (2004)
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An element of danger lurks throughout this work: a bushfire is
very unpredictable where a wind change can whip up a full-blown
bushfire from just a small ember. The pp leggiero touch at the
beginning and the end contrasts dramatically with the f, ff, fff
marcato sections. The brilliance of the upper register with the
rapidly played motifs (licks of the fire) contrasts markedly with
the depth of tone of the ominous
held sevenths in the low register (eg., bars 12 - 21). The rapid motifs, arpeggios and runs in all registers (licks of the fire) contribute to the tension throughout. The sustaining pedal is important but must not spoil the staccato and staccatissimo. The rests should be strictly observed.
Duration: 2 min.
- Has as subject/About: Bushfires
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