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Crystal amulet (duos: didjeridu, piano)

by Amanda Handel (2001, this version: 2012)

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Performance by Amanda Handel, Michael Jackson from the CD Gardens of stone

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Gardens of stone / Amanda Handel, piano ; Michael Jackson, didjeridu.

Library shelf no. CD 2417 [Available for loan]

Crystal amulet


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Crystal amulet : piano solo / music by Amanda Handel

Version: This product features the Solo Piano version of this work

Library shelf no. 786.2/HAN 9 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Crystal Amulet is a set of sonic renditions reflecting different qualities of light, structure
and colour in five gemstones. The listener is invited to contemplate the crystallisation of
time captured in these ancient and beautiful pieces of transparent solid matter.

Work Details

Year: 2001, this version: 2012

Instrumentation: Piano, didjeridu.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Entire suite advanced difficulty but individual movents range from grades 5 to 8 approx.

Dedication note: for John Handel

First performance: by Amanda Handel, Michael Jackson — 23 Sep 12. "Gardens of Stone" CD launch, Blackheath Uniting Church, Blue Mountains, NSW

Harmonies and dissonances are developed over static tonal centres which can accommodate a sensitive didjeridu player. Influences stem from extended Jazz chords and Spanish flavours.

The pieces explore modal colour with edge above the didjeridu drone pitches. The didj part is carefully arranged to weave in and out of the piano's phrasing. The didj's vocalisations create an exciting interplay of rhythm and texture.


Performances of this work

26 May 2013: at Gardens of Stone (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Michael Jackson, Amanda Handel.

23 Sep 12: "Gardens of Stone" CD launch, Blackheath Uniting Church, Blue Mountains, NSW. Featuring Amanda Handel, Michael Jackson.

Sep 03: Spring Music Festival, Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Featuring Amanda Handel.

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