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A dream of drowning / Andrew Ford ; words from 'Breath' by Tim Winton
by Andrew Ford (2009)
A Dream of Drowning was commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for Teddy Tahu Rhodes to sing in the opening concert of the orchestra's 2010 season.
For the text, I chose a passage from Tim Winton's Breath describing a post-traumatic dream experienced by the central character, Bruce 'Pikelet' Pike.
I only remember the dream.
I was deep. The whole sea boiled overhead. White streaks of turbulence drove down like tracer fire and rocket trails, a free-fire zone in dim and shuddering green.
And I'm plummeting, a projectile. When it comes rushing at me, black as death, the reef is shot full of holes and I slam into one, headlong.
Next, I see myself, from outside my flailing, panicked body. Headfirst. Wedged in the rock. While my lungs turn to sponge and the ocean inside me flickers with cruel light.
From Breath © Tim Winton 2008, published by Hamish Hamilton. Reproduced with the permission of Penguin Group (Australia).
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (23p. -- A3 (portrait))
Duration: 6 mins
Dedicated to Marshall McGuire
Commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
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