From Nourlangie : for soprano, viola, cello and piano
by Peter Sculthorpe (1993, this version: 1994)
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In 1989, I made my first visit to Kakadu National Park, in the north of Australia. Looking out across the great floodplains there, I could see abandoned sites of early white settlement, the Arafura Sea, Torres Strait and, in my imagination, the islands of Indonesia. The musics of these places, and of Kakadu itself, fused in my mind. I have since written a number of works in which this fusion has been incorporated into my musical language. From Nourlangie, is one of these works. It takes its name from an enormous rock monolity in the park. A short work, it consists of three statements of a melody based upon a Three Strait dance-song. Peter Sculthorpe
Year: 1993, this version: 1994
Instrumentation: Soprano voice, viola, cello, piano.
Duration: 5 min.
First performance: 1 Sep 94. Australia House, London: Mary Wiegold/TheComposer's Ensemble
From Nourlangie takes its name from an enormous rock monolith in Kakadu National Park.
Performances of this work
1 Sep 94: Australia House, London: Mary Wiegold/TheComposer's Ensemble
23 Aug 94: Vale of Glamorgan Festival, St Illtyd's, Llantwit Major. Featuring Brodsky Quartet.
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