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Lake Dreaming

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Lake Dreaming : three meditations for two pianos / Ross Edwards.

by Ross Edwards (2017)


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As I worked on this piece, the image of a lake and its abundant symbolism seemed to match the contemplative nature of the music that was unfolding. A lake's surface is often likened to a mirror which reflects an image of self-contemplation. Lakes have always beguiled poets and intrigued psychologists, for whom they are likely to represent creativity and the unconscious. Universally regarded as a feminine symbol, a lake is often associated with magical and mystical forces, and because flowing water naturally seeks a cavity in low-lying ground, the ancient Chinese regarded it as a symbol of ancient wisdom and passivity.

Lake Dreaming is in three movements, or meditations. The first is idyllic - a reverie whose tranquil surface, though sometimes playfully ruffled by wind, or, more startlingly, by what appear to be diving birds, is capable of inducing trance through its repeated patterns. The second movement is on a very different plane. The mirror surface is intact, but in palpable tension with mysterious hidden depths, creating an atmosphere charged with otherness. Delicate filaments of what sounds like birdsong are heard, and in a recurring 'barcarolle' episode, a boat seems to be travelling slowly across the lake's surface, perhaps by moonlight.

For the final movement, placidity is abandoned in favour of sprightly dance tempi leading to a jubilant conclusion. It also has characteristics of a meditation, albeit a joyful one. If the lake image were to be continued, it might take the form of a dancing, sometimes blinding radiance of the sun, scattering random patterns on an unsettled surface and punctuated by full-throated bird cries.

Lake Dreaming was composed especially for the Brown and Breen Piano Duo and The Lifeflow Meditation Centre of Adelaide, to whose director, Dr Graham Williams, I give special thanks. The first performance was given on 29 August 2018 by Bonnie Brown and Louisa Breen in the magnificent UKARIA Cultural Centre at Mount Barker, South Australia.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (48p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 18 mins

Includes programme notes.

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This edition produced 16 May 20.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-601-6

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