Sheet Music: Score
Aurora Australis / Margaret Brandman.
by Margaret Brandman (2020)
Aurora Australis for full orchestra, is a tone poem
depicting the shimmering lights ranging from green to bright red
in the night sky in the southern hemisphere. The 'Discover
Tasmania' website describes the phenomena as a 'celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky.
Following a short introduction, Brandman's opening expansive adagio theme, depicts an otherworldly glow over the vast horizon. At letter (A) a contrasting percussive section alludes to the flashes of light in the aurora and perhaps shooting stars. The central section (B) orchestrated with pizzicato strings, presents a sound portrait of the myriad of stars in our spiral milky way galaxy. The delicate opening adagio melody recurs at letter (C) but in somewhat quieter mood than in the exposition. The music then builds strongly to a tutti section providing a bridge to the return of the percussive theme from letter (A).
The final section at letter D, presents the original adagio melody once again and culminates with a dramatic full orchestral ascent into the heavens.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (20p. -- A3 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging for example odd times, syncopation and frequently changing time signatures. Some wide intervallic movement in the lines and extended harmonic structures.
Duration: 4 min.
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