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Journey to the east : for solo bassoon with optional accompaniment

by Sarah Hopkins (2006)

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Performance by Christine Draeger from the CD Spirit of the plains

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Spirit of the plains : Australian flute music 1997-2013 / Christine Draeger, Lamorna Nightingale, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone.

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

Library shelf no. CD 2486 [Available for loan]

Journey to the east


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Journey to the east : for solo bassoon with optional accompaniment / Sarah Hopkins.

Library shelf no. 788.58/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Solo bassoon, optional keyboard (flute and string sound, no vibrato) & percussion (concert bar chimes, goat bells, tambourine, and hand clapping) accompaniment.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — An ideal piece for students and is approximately Grade 4-5 level AMEB

Dedication note: Dedicated to world peace

Based on a piece called 'Yalla' for choir and orchestra which [was] composed in 2005 as part of the 'Childers Shining: One World' commission from the Queensland Music Festival.


Journey to the east

Performances of this work

15 May 2015: at Cello Dreaming: Balkan Gypsy Express (Eudlo Hall). Featuring Louise King.

29 Sep 13: The Flute Tree, NSW

29 Sep 2013: at Spirit of the Plains CD launch (The Flute Tree).

3 Nov 12: The Grand View Hotel, NSW. Featuring Jane Rutter.

3 Nov 2012: at Jane Rutter : Flute Spirits. Landscape of the Soul (The Grand View Hotel). Featuring Jane Rutter.

7 Jul 12: MARS Gallery, VIC. Featuring Jane Rutter.

7 Jul 2012: at Jane Rutter : Flute spirits of the interior, landscape of the soul (MARS Gallery). Featuring Jane Rutter.

7 Jul 12: MARS Gallery, VIC. Featuring Jane Rutter.

27 Apr 06: Sandgate Baptist Church, Queensland.. Featuring Brendan Joyce.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
Inspired by the scales and rhythms of Middle Eastern music, this extended, wordless solo work is extremely engaging. Range from E below the stave to F at the top of the stave. Melodic, expressive, and appealing, quite simple musically, alternating between declamatory “sacred” sections and exuberant “belly-dance” sections. Takes singers out of the comfort zone of Major keys and classical Western performance traditions. Changes of dynamics, mood, articulation, and tone colour provide plenty of challenge and variety.
Jeannie Marsh