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Morning star

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Morning star : for string quartet / Paul Stanhope.

by Paul Stanhope (1992)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Australian String Quartet from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Morning Star is the first in a series of three chamber pieces whose material is partly derived from Aboriginal clan from central Arnhem Land. This piece refers obliquely to a melody called "Morning Star" which is presented in a simple, song-like arrangement in the first movement, fragmented into insistent ostinatos in the second and subsequently transformed into a frenetic dance in 7/8 for the final movement. The use of this material is in no way an overt attempt to present something 'Australian' nor to represent Aboriginal culture: Morning Star, my first piece for ensemble, is a personal musical response to the rich tradition of indigenous music making in the Northern Territory.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (26p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary level student quartet

Duration: 9 mins

First performance by Contemporary Performers and Composers Fellowship Ensemble — 1 Dec 92. Old Darlington School, University of Sydney

The third movement was revised in 1995 for a workshop and performance hosted by the Australian String Quartet at the University of Adelaide in July of the same year.

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ISMN: M-67305-040-2

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Morning star
Score: Morning star : for string quartet / Paul Stanhope.

Selected works by AMC represented artists
CD: Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 17.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Quartets: 4 Percussion
- String orchestra


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