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People of this place

Sheet Music: Score

People of this place / Felicity Wilcox.

by Felicity Wilcox (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass clarinet.
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  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Jason Noble, Stephen Adams from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 75.


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People of this Place deliberately blends western musical idioms with sonic references to an imagined pre-colonial world, to describe a sense of place around Sydney.

Originally this work was a response to the presence of the Conservatorium - an institution for western musical learning - in Sydney Cove, ancestral country of the Gadigal people, but it equally reflects my experience as a woman from the greater Sydney region living with an awareness that the lands I love and have always inhabited are Aboriginal lands. I chose the bass clarinet for its enormous range and ability to evoke different sound worlds on one instrument and within one piece. I use many techniques heard in both western music and traditional Aboriginal music: drones, pitch bends, multiphonics, vocalisations, circular breathing, rhythmic and percussive techniques, and apply them to this agile, orchestral instrument. Adding to these sounds, I incorporate extended techniques such as key clicks and slap tongue, harmonic trills of variable pitch, microtones and flutter tongues.

D'harawal man Gawain Bodkin-Andrews was consulted on how this work considers Indigenous spaces and perspectives as a non-Indigenous musical expression of place. Research was conducted over a 2-year period with Australian clarinetist Jason Noble to develop approaches to multiphonics and other extended techniques. Thank you to both for their generosity.

In creating and offering this piece for performance I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Includes extended techniques

Duration: 8 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

First performance by Ros Dunlop — 13 Oct 16. Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Gadigal Country)

Includes performance directions.

The work incorporates multiphonics, extended techniques.

Also referred to in some sources prior to 2020 as 'Yurabirong'.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Feb 18.

ISMN: 979-0-900975-29-4

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Uncovered Ground

- Video: People of this place

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