Sheet Music: Score
Glenside / Neil Currie.
by Neil Currie (1999)
I remember the long, dry summers and balmy, moist, winters of
Glenside, our South Australian home for five years. I remember my
two little sons in their blue school uniforms, whacking a
cricket ball against the vine-clad, red, brick of our house. The juxtaposition of the musical elements in this work reflects the peace and pleasure we knew from the sun, the vineyards, and
the sea, yet, too, our undeniable isolation and loneliness as we sought to find our way home.
There are three principal types of music in Glenside:
1. Players each emit, in a sort of staggered unison, a brief series of "cries"; this occurs three times in the work, at the beginning, middle, and end;
2. Strings play simple, hymn-like music in block chords. This music is based on a fragment of music which I heard one day on an Australian children's t.v. program while we were eating breakfast; and
3. Winds and strings create more dissonant and complex textures of intermingling melodies above an ostinato of rising tones in the piano.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (50p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced community orchestra/professional.
Duration: 10 min.
Commissioned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Includes programme note.
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