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Little morning star : for percussion quartet (4 players on 2 marimbas)

by Paul Stanhope (1992, this version: 2000)

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Little morning star : for percussion quartet / music of Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. CD 1052 [Available for loan]

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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, this version: 2000

Instrumentation: Percussion (4 players on 2 marimbas).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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.


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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