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White noise : for voice, violin and piano

by Peter McNamara (2006)

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Cadenza ; The Dividing Ranges ; White noise


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Cadenza ; The Dividing Ranges ; White noise / Peter McNamara.

Library shelf no. CD 1769 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

White Noise was written as a collaboration between the composer and Lao-Australian writer Sumana Viravong as part of the composer-in-residence project the composer completed with the Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney, 2006. Sumana Viravong's words speak largely about the modern lives of people living in the Campbelltown area, which is an area that is close to the city of Sydney and therefore partly suburban. The Campbelltown area though is also close to some of Australia's farming areas and natural wonders.

This 'in-between' location is the main inspiration for the musical elements of White Noise. The work has a mixture of textures ranging from very calm to active and even chaotic. Contrast between these calmer textures representing the more 'relaxed' side of the Campbelltown area and the more active textures representing the suburban, is a feature of the piece. The opening textures are predominantly calmer; as the work progresses though the active and more chaotic become more prevalent, culminating in a climactic section. This is contrasted with a calmer finale that gradually dissipates.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Voice, violin, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Commission note: Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre with funds provided by Arts NSW.

First performance: by Grevillea Ensemble — 9 Dec 06. Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

Lyrics by Sumana Viravong.

Performances of this work

23 Jul 2016: at Sideband: Homage (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Zoe Drummond, Alicia Crossley, Brad Gill.

9 Dec 06: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. Featuring Grevillea Ensemble.

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