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Gossamer wings : flute, clarinet, toy piano, percussion, violin & cello

by Erik Griswold (2013)

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Performance by Margaret Leng Tan, Jodie Rottle, Rianne Wilschut, Vanessa Tomlinson, Christa Powell, Meagan Burke from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 55

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 55 / Works by Eric Griswold.

Library shelf no. CD 2645 [On loan, due 13/4/17]

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Work Overview

The title of Gossamer Wings alludes to the classic Cole Porter song "Just one of those things" (which has the line "a trip to the moon on gossamer wings"). I have always loved that phrase and the image that it conjures up, and it became the starting point for my exploration of musical moods and textures. The three movements - "Spinning," "Suspended," and "Moon Dancing" - travel through many sound worlds, and touch briefly on a number of half-remembered styles…in various sections you might hear influences from Debussy, Stravinsky, maybe even Cole Porter himself! "Gossamer Wings" is the second composition I've created for Margaret (after the solo "Old McDonald's Yellow Submarine"), and is deeply inspired by the wonderful sound universe she has carved out.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, toy piano, percussion, violin, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Spinning -- 2. Suspending -- 3. Moon dancing.

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Margaret Leng Tan, Jodie Rottle, Rianne Wilschut, Vanessa Tomlinson, Christa Powell, Meagan Burke — 5 Oct 13. Festival of Toy Music, Brisbane Powerhouse

Performances of this work

5 Oct 13: Festival of Toy Music, Brisbane Powerhouse. Featuring Margaret Leng Tan, Jodie Rottle, Rianne Wilschut, Vanessa Tomlinson, Christa Powell, Meagan Burke.

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