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In their branches


In their branches : musical reflections on the magic of trees.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
My Robin is to the greenwood gone for full orchestra
Percy Grainger Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope 5 mins, 7 sec.
Forest echoes five miniatures for pianoforte — Lonely trees
Miriam Hyde Roger Woodward 1 mins, 23 sec.
Symphony of nocturnes (2008) for full orchestra — The nocturnal power of trees
Richard Mills Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills 8 mins, 53 sec.
Great sandy island (1998) for orchestra — 'The rain forest'
Peter Sculthorpe Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 6 mins, 20 sec.
Sakura; arr. for soprano voice with orchestra
Julian Yu Shu-Cheen Yu, Jim Franklin, Sinfonia Australis, Antony Walker 3 mins, 34 sec.

Also includes: Kodama tree spirit / Jane Rutter -- Forest walk / David Jones -- 'Pine trees near a catacomb', from The Pines of Rome / Respighi -- The ash grove / Trad., arr. Benjamin Britten-- 'Der Lindenbaum' (The Lime Tree), from Winterreise, D911 / Schubert -- 'Sehr gedehnt' (Very sustained), from Baumgesange, op. 65 / Kurt Schwertsik -- Will ye walk the woods so wild? / Anon, arr. William Byrd -- Rain tree sketch II / Tōru Takemitsu -- 'Daydreams', from Forest idylls, op. 19 / Edward Macdowell -- Maple leaf rag / Scott Joplin -- 'Nad krajem vévodí lehký spánek' (Over the landscape ruled by carefree dreams), from Twelve cypresses for string quartet, B152 / Dvořák -- 'Eintritt', from Waldszenen, op. 82 / Schumann -- 'Ombra mai fù (Never Was Shade So Far): Largo', from Xerxes / Handel.

Product details

The relationship between trees and people goes right back to the forests of the first humans, and our ambivalent engagement with trees can be traced through to the here and now, via fairy tales, mythology, and science.

But this relationship begins afresh for each one of us in childhood.

For some hard-to-define reason, trees provide a kind of nourishment of the soul, whatever our belief system. We find a freedom and a deep comfort when we climb a tree; when we sit with and commune with something we imagine or sense as sentient (even if in a vastly different way to ourselves).

The 'Trees I've Loved' project on ABC RN explored the personal connection we feel with our special trees, and called to our audience for their stories. Many evocative and unique reflections have been gathered into a book, In Their Branches - and this album is its companion, featuring music from sixteenth-century works for lute to compositions by contemporary Australian composers.

Duration: 79 min.

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