Lake moonrise, op. 94 : for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in A, vibraphone and cello
by Andrew Schultz (2013)
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Performance by Halcyon from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 44.
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Lake moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls.
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano voice, clarinet in A, vibraphone, cello.
Duration: 4 min.
Written for: Halcyon
Commission note: Written for Halcyon for the Kingfisher project in 2013
This song is one of a collection of chamber works under the title Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon. The songs were gifts from the composers to celebrate 15 years of music-making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music.
A fabled bird identified with the kingfisher, the halcyon had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice. The composers took their inspiration from the word 'halcyon', each displaying their own unique voice in writing for singers and instruments. The 21 songs represent the cream of vocal composition in Australia and offer a lasting tribute to the relationships formed between Halcyon and the composers who have written for them over the years.
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
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