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Barren grounds

Sheet Music: Score

Barren grounds : for Bb clarinet, viola, cello and piano / Andrew Schultz.

by Andrew Schultz (1988)

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  • Instrumentation: B flat clarinet, viola, cello, piano.
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On the Illawarra escarpment overlooking the sea, Barren Grounds is a wilderness reserve and bird breeding area. With a strange and otherworldly landscape - stunted growth and marshy ground - the place feels still, yet the barren, eerie surface conceals a fecund underlife. For me, the place occupies a state of mind; this, rather than any programmatic intention, prompted the title.

Movement 1, is a slow, lyrical and sinewy reworking of a vocal piece, Seafarer whose final line: "And learn to sleep upon this ground", with its reference to mortality, suggested the passacaglia form used.

Paul Klee's ornithological automaton painting, The Twittering Machine gives Movement 2 its inspiration. The musical intention at times resembles an ungainly machine that keeps running awry and needs to be wound-up again. Spinning out rhythmic fragments and employing mosaic technique are recurrent preoccupations.

Perihelion commissioned the work with funding from the Performing Arts Board, Australia Council.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (39p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced/professional.

Duration: 16 mins

Contents note:

I. ...this ground -- II. The twittering machine.

Commissioned by Perihelion with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

First performance by Perihelion — 27 Oct 88. University of Queensland

Includes performance notes.

Version for clarinet, violin cello and piano is titled Barren grounds 2.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67300-981-3

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