Snow rising : for string orchestra
by Katherine Rawlings (2001, this version: 2004)
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Reflective of a struggle with cancer, this piece moves through several different moods: sadness, frustration, celebration of life, the waiting and finally, snow rising. The snow, symbolising a spirit of beauty and light, evaporates and rises up into the sky, finding peace and rest.
Year: 2001, this version: 2004
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 6 approx.
Commission note: Written for Alison McKie and family
First performance: 25 Nov 04. Post Grad Composers Orchestra at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The composer notes: Stylistically this music is influenced by Chopin, Debussy and Michael Nyman.
Performances of this work
30 May 06: “Music by contemporary Australian and English Composers” at The Church of Transfiguration, Toronto, Canada. Featuring Trinity Chamber Ensemble.
10 Feb 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Lindsay Gilroy.
25 Nov 04: Post Grad Composers Orchestra at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
25 Oct 01: 'Composers 2001: New Works by Katherine Rawlings, Damien Mizzi and Tony Tenace', held in Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Rowan Vince.
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