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Icarus

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Icarus : for solo piccolo and orchestra / Harry Sdraulig.

by Harry Sdraulig (2019)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo piccolo, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.
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Icarus was written in 2019 for Lloyd Hudson and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The structure of this tone poem is inspired by the famous Greek mythological tale of Icarus and his master craftsman father, Daedalus. Both were imprisoned in a tower by King Minos. Daedalus' resourcefulness led him to collect bird feathers and wax for the purpose of creating wings for both he and Icarus to escape the tower. On the day of their escape, Daedalus warned Icarus of both complacency and hubris, urging him not to fly too low lest his wings became damp nor too close to the sun otherwise the wax in his wings would melt. Icarus ignored his father's advice and, revelling in the ecstasy of flight and his newfound powers, flew too high and eventually plunged to his death.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (29p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 11 mins

Contents note:

I. Labyrinth -- II. Invention -- III. Flight -- IV. Plunge -- V. Epilogue (Five sections of a continuous single movement).

First performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Lloyd Hudson, Elena Schwarz at ACS Concertinos with TSO Soloists (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart) on 25 Sep 2019

Includes programme notes.

APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2020 Finalist (Work of the Year: Large Ensemble).

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-786-0

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