Rainforest toccata (solo piano)
by Wendy Hiscocks (1987)
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Rainforest Toccata was composed in 1987. The opening
section reflects the echoing acoustic and atmosphere of the
'Devil's Coachhouse' near the entrance to the Jenolan Caves in
New South Wales, at the start of that lovely walk through the
bush where one can watch rock wallabies at dusk. The other
general inspiration is the sounds and scents of Australian
rainforests: the piece's central dancing toccata section was
specially marked by a magical afternoon listening to a forest of
bellbirds on the escarpments of the NSW Central Coast. The whole
performance should be very generously pedalled and bathed in a
multitude of sonorities.
Roy Howat premiered Rainforest Toccata at Beith Arts Club, UK on 30 October 1988. He then toured the music in programmes throughout Scotland, England and New Zealand before giving the Australian premiere on August 20, 1989 for the ABC programme 'Broadwalk' broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7-8.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Roy Howat
Previously titled: Joyu.
- Has as subject/About: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
27 Apr 2014: at Arcko Symphonic: Chamber View 4 (Wesley of Warragul).
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