Trees and lightning (solo piano)
by Wendy Hiscocks (2007)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/HIS 3 [Not for loan]
Many of the descriptions in literature and music about Australia
focus on a flat or drought-ridden landscape but for me,
Australia's flora and fauna and natural weather patterns created
an environment that was vibrant and exciting. It is these images
and experiences that are expressed in the various musical
chapters of a larger collection of piano solos titled Scenes
from an Australian Childhood.
Trees & Lightning begins with an approaching storm over a national park, the heavy and intense stillness of the air contained by the suppressed dynamics of the opening bars against which there are bursts of lightning and brooding thunder. This eases forward into the central waltz where the artistic perspective alters to below the treeline. Here one is looking up at the trees (gums, eucalyptus etc.) whose white limbs are
transformed in the lightning to reveal them moving in a fantastic dance.
Duration: 5 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Scott McCarrey.
First performance: by Scott McCarrey — 15 Nov 07. McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
15 Nov 07: McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii. Featuring Scott McCarrey.
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