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Colouring in the sky suite : version for orchestra with bass clarinet solo

by Mark Pollard (2003)

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Work Overview

This work is inspired by the art making process of Utopia region aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye which involved the creation of an image that was then painted over with an explosion of dots. This process of "colouring in" gradually masked what lay beneath to create another overlaid story. Her works are intensely
spiritual with a strong sense of serene beauty and harmony. This process of colouring and becoming is an essential element of this concerto in which the resonant and melodic qualities of the solo instrument gradually unfold an underlying theme which is coloured and masked to create a "sound snapshot" of the colouring in of the night sky.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bassoon, contra-bassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion (3 players), keyboard (piano or organ or synthesizer), solo bass clarinet, strings.

Duration: 10 min.

This is a short version of the Bass Clarinet Concerto of the same name. The work is in two parts. Parts one and two can be performed together or separately on the same program or as single works. Part 2 in particular is designed as a fanfare style work with solo instrument. It will work well if used in this way as a single work.


Performances of this work

Jul 07: Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT. Featuring Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Field.

2006: Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank, Melbourne

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