THE other week audiences at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Meet
the Music concert found themselves sitting in near-darkness
listening to the first performance of Yarraghey, a nocturne for
percussion and orchestra. The mood of concentration for this new
work was remarkable, particularly since the nature of the music
was profoundly meditative. Even the brigade of coughers was for
once practically silent.
The composer of this music was Ross Edwards and the success of
his new piece, I suspect, has been an important turning point for
him. Throughout the 1970s his work became increasingly precise,
sometimes austerely brooding ...