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Irkanda I : for violin alone

by Peter Sculthorpe (1955)

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Performance by Elizabeth Holowell from the CD Jewel

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Irkanda I


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Irkanda I : for violin alone / Peter Sculthorpe.

Library shelf no. 787.2/SCU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

'Irkanda' is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning a remote and lonely place, and this work is the first of a series of four pieces bearing this title. Irkanda I is in one movement, and in it, long, melodic lines and bird-sounds are contrasted with brittle, rhythmic sections. The opening melody follows three hundred and sixty degree contour of the hills around Canberra, where most of the work was written. It might be added that my use of bird-song stems from suggestions in the writing of the Australian composer and music critic, Henry Tate (1873 - 1926). Peter Sculthorpe

Work Details

Year: 1955

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB L.Mus.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Wilfred Lehmann


Performances of this work

9 Oct 2014: at Peter Sculthorpe - A Celebration of a Life with Music (Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts). Featuring James Cuddeford.

4 May 2013: at Hausmusik: Natsuko Yoshimoto (Barrengarry House). Featuring Natsuko Yoshimoto.

30 Jun 55: British Music Society Rooms, Melbourne. Featuring Wilfred Lehmann.

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