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Rain dancing

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Rain dancing : for violin and cello / Katherine Rawlings.

by Katherine Rawlings (2005)

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  • Instrumentation: Violin, cello.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Marianne Broadfoot, Clare Kahn from the CD Lucid dreaming


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Originally written for the marimba this piece was workshopped with percussionist Carmen Chan. As this was the first piece I had written for solo marimba, when I first began writing this piece, my mind was focused on the idea that a marimba piece should be written in perpetual motion (with rapid repetitive note patterns), because of the short duration of the notes when struck. When I asked Carmen to play through my initial ideas, one of the first things she said was, "it's very pianistic!". These words continued to haunt me as I tried to work with and develop my ideas. The material I was producing sounded empty and directionless to me, and the more I tried to bring meaning to the piece the more I began to hate it. I later realised that I was getting too caught up with the idea of writing in perpetual motion and was not concentrating enough on the content of the music. So I began the piece again from scratch - this time, instead of getting caught up in the idea that a marimba piece must move with constant motion, I focused instead on creating something that was both harmonically and rhythmically interesting. With this focus in mind, the piece seemed to write itself

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 2 performance parts (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7

Duration: 2 mins

First performance by Marianne Broadfoot, Clare Kahn — 10 Feb 06. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Revised 2017

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2017.

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Rain dancing
Score: Rain dancing : for violin and cello / Katherine Rawlings.

Lucid dreaming
CD: Lucid dreaming : a concert of works / by Katherine Rawlings

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Solo Marimba


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