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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.

Works by Kats-Chernin, Grainger, Schultz, Hindson, Ford, Buc.

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Works by Kats-Chernin, Grainger, Schultz, Hindson, Ford, Buc.

Library shelf no. CD 2135 [Available for loan]

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A dream of drowning / Andrew Ford ; words from 'Breath' by Tim Winton

Library shelf no. Q 783.8854/FOR 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

© A.F


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.

Drowning.
Drowning.
Fighting it.
But drowning.

From Breath © Tim Winton 2008, published by Hamish Hamilton. Reproduced with the permission of Penguin Group (Australia).

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Baritone voice, vibraphone, harmonium, celesta, harp, strings.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Marshall McGuire

Commission note: Commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel at WASO & Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Perth Concert Hall) on 12 Mar 2010

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2011 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Finalist Andrew Ford

Analysis

Resonate article: Art Music Awards 2011 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

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Performances of this work

13 Mar 2010: at WASO & Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel.

12 Mar 2010: at WASO & Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel.

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