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Morning star : for string quartet

by Paul Stanhope (1992)

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Performance by Australian String Quartet from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Work Overview

Morning Star is the first in a series of three chamber pieces whose material is partly derived from Aboriginal clan from central Arnhem Land. This piece refers obliquely to a melody called "Morning Star" which is presented in a simple, song-like arrangement in the first movement, fragmented into insistent ostinatos in the second and subsequently transformed into a frenetic dance in 7/8 for the final movement. The use of this material is in no way an overt attempt to present something 'Australian' nor to represent Aboriginal culture: Morning Star, my first piece for ensemble, is a personal musical response to the rich tradition of indigenous music making in the Northern Territory.

Work Details

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary level student quartet

First performance: by Contemporary Performers and Composers Fellowship Ensemble — 1 Dec 92. Old Darlington School, University of Sydney

The third movement was revised in 1995 for a workshop and performance hosted by the Australian String Quartet at the University of Adelaide in July of the same year.

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Performances of this work

26 May 2009: at Ironwood: Morning Star Quartets (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.

29 Oct 97: Victorian College of the Arts. Featuring Woof!.

1 Dec 92: Old Darlington School, University of Sydney. Featuring Contemporary Performers and Composers Fellowship Ensemble.

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