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Drought-stricken grasses : for piano

by Miriam Hyde (1964)

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Performance by John Martin from the CD Ancient rivers

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Ancient rivers / John Martin, piano.

Library shelf no. CD 1817 [Available for loan]

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Drought-stricken grasses : for solo piano / Miriam Hyde.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HYD 19 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Conjures up an Australian ambience. It was prompted by a picture of Ayers Rock (Uluru), with a foreground of parched grasses. Personified, they wait, watching deceptive grey clouds gathering, recalling the blessing of some previous sprinkle, and always longing for another reviving shower, which eventually comes with exultation and sparkle. Little runnels trickle along the red earth and disappear. The grasses are resigned again to their arid environment.

Work Details

Year: 1964

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB A.MusA

Revised 1990


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