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a leaf falls : for cello and percussion quartet

by Erik Griswold (2011)

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Performance by Soundstream Collective, John Addison from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 53.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 53.

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Work Overview

The title "a leaf falls" is taken from the e.e. cummings poem with the first line "l(a." I once set that poem to music in a piece for men's choir. It reads "l (a leaf falls) oneliness." Though I've never really lived in a place with an autumn, I nevertheless feel a sense of nostalgia for the coming of autumn, the leaves turning bright oranges and reds, and is it a sense of emptiness when the leaves fall? Eugene Carchesio captured something like this sense beautifully in his "Dead leaves of Tokyo" series. I enjoy raking the leaves in my backyard, it's a kind of meditation. And who doesn't love jumping into a pile of leaves?

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Cello, percussion quartet.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Soundstream Collective with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Soundstream Collective, John Addison at Soundstream Collective launch concert (Elder Hall) on 30 Sep 2011

Performances of this work

17 Aug 2016: at Meta Weiss and Early Warning System (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Meta Weiss, Early Warning System.

23 Nov 2011: at The Trilling Wire - Early Warning System (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Early Warning System.

30 Sep 2011: at Soundstream Collective launch concert (Elder Hall). Featuring Soundstream Collective, John Addison.

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