Cloud burning, op. 25 : for winds, brass and percussion
by Andrew Schultz (1986)
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The poetry of David Malouf has been quite a strong creative influence on me. In particular, his collection of verses from the early 1980s First Things Last has been a recurrent source of inspiration. Cloud Burning takes its title from a poem in that collection.
'You balloon above me, a big cloud burning
with breath; a coolness settles on my skin.'
At the time of writing Cloud Burning I was living in London and this image of Malouf's triggered quite strong recollections of the violent coruscations of the Brisbane night sky during an electrical storm and also - perhaps ironically - seemed an apt description of some of Turner's outrageously livid paintings of sky with which I had just become familiar first-hand. Malouf's image is also about inner landscapes and the landscape of my piece is more internal than descriptive.
The 12 minute work is formed from the rhythmic exploration of a series of chords which function thematically as quite distinct and separate motifs. Cloud burning is scored for winds, brass and percussion and was commissioned, with assistance from the Australia Council, by the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra for their tenth anniversary in 1986.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, Bb clarinet (doubling Eb & A clarinet), bass clarinet, 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon), 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, tenor trombone, percussion (1 player).
Duration: 12 min.
First performance: by Queensland Theatre Orchestra — 1986. Performing Arts Complex, Brisbane
Performances of this work
1986: Performing Arts Complex, Brisbane. Featuring Queensland Theatre Orchestra.
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