A dream of drowning (baritone with string orchestra)
by Andrew Ford (2009)
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Performance by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel from the CD Works by Kats-Chernin, Grainger, Schultz, Hindson, Ford, Buc.
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A Dream of Drowning was commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for Teddy Tahu Rhodes to sing in the opening concert of the orchestra's 2010 season.
For the text, I chose a passage from Tim Winton's Breath describing a post-traumatic dream experienced by the central character, Bruce 'Pikelet' Pike.
I only remember the dream.
I was deep. The whole sea boiled overhead. White streaks of turbulence drove down like tracer fire and rocket trails, a free-fire zone in dim and shuddering green.
And I'm plummeting, a projectile. When it comes rushing at me, black as death, the reef is shot full of holes and I slam into one, headlong.
Next, I see myself, from outside my flailing, panicked body. Headfirst. Wedged in the rock. While my lungs turn to sponge and the ocean inside me flickers with cruel light.
From Breath © Tim Winton 2008, published by Hamish Hamilton. Reproduced with the permission of Penguin Group (Australia).
Instrumentation: Baritone voice, vibraphone, harmonium, celesta, harp, strings.
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Marshall McGuire
Commission note: Commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Awards & Prizes
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Andrew Ford|
Resonate article: Art Music Awards 2011 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre
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