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Mandala 5 : for large orchestra / David Lumsdaine
by David Lumsdaine (1988)
Mandala 5 is a single movement, 23 minutes long. It begins as a mosaic of fragmentary images and textures. Some five minutes in, the textures coalesce into a dense chorale, the ground of the piece, which slowly moves forward/upward in time till at the close it articulates the foreground.
Growing out of the chorale, interrupting it and contrasting with it, is a vigorous dance which fuses with the chorale just before the coda. I couldn't say if this music is slow or fast - changes in tempo and texture are like changes in perspective. Sharp detail in the foreground grows out of, and returns to the slowly moving background.
The best pointer to Mandala 5 is the brief verse which
was in my mind from the time I first heard it and which is quoted
at the beginning of the score:
Rocks, roots embrace-
the angophora grows
out of the sandstone cliff.
Of all the trees I love, the angophora of vivid, ever-changing colours and anarchic shape has been closest to me as long as I can remember, and I can never see it in my mind's eye without feeling the texture of Hawkesbury sandstone, smelling boronia, hearing the calls of the spotted pardalote, currawong, magpies, grey butcherbirds, grey shrike-thrush, little wattle bird, noisy friar-bird, brown thornbill, the fantail cuckoo. Early spring, full moon, an hour before sunrise. This is the centre of my mandala.
Published by: University of York Music Press [M570200047] — 1 score (97p. -- A3 (portrait))
Duration: 22 mins
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