Little morning star : for percussion quartet (4 players on 2 marimbas)
by Paul Stanhope (1992, this version: 2000)
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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.
Year: 1992, this version: 2000
Instrumentation: Percussion (4 players on 2 marimbas).
Duration: 9 min.
First performance: by Woof! — 29 Oct 97. Victorian College of the Arts
Arranged for percussion quartet in 1994, and re-arranged for 4 players on 2 marimbas in 2000.
- Influenced by: Indigenous Australian Culture
Performances of this work
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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