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Songs of sea and sky

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Songs of sea and sky : for clarinet and piano / Peter Sculthorpe

by Peter Sculthorpe (1987)

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  • Instrumentation: Clarinet, piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Nigel Westlake, David Bollard from the CD Songs of sea & sky


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Product details

Songs of Sea and Sky was inspired by a traditional dance song from Saibai, an island just south of Papua New Guinea, in Torres Strait. The song was collected on Saibai by Jeremy Beckett in May 1961.

Although some traditional Torres Strait music still survives in its original form, most of that heard today is strongly influenced by the religious music introduced by missionaries in the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, its themes are still predominantly of sea voyages, flights of birds and changes in sea and sky.

The work is in one continuous movement consisting of seven parts : Prelude, a somewhat dramatic saxophone solo; Saibai, a reworking of the traditional melody; Interlude, a second solo; Mission Hymn, a variation of Saibai; Dance Song, a rhythmic section based upon the material presented in the Prelude and Interlude; Lament, a second variation of Saibai; and Postlude, a brief coda. Following the climax, at the end of the Dance Song, the emotional content of the music culminates in the Lament. Here, the music yearns for the years before white settlement.

Published by: Faber Music [0571511570] — 1 score 20p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (10p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Duration: 15 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

Prelude -- Saibai -- Interude -- Mission hymn -- Dance song -- Lament -- Postlude.

Dedication note: To Keith Wilson
Commission info: Commissioned by the School of Music, Yale University, to mark the retirement of Keith Wilson.

First performance by Richard Stoltzman, Irma Vallecillo — 15 Oct 87. Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale University, USA

Includes programme note and performance note.

Typeset edition.

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Songs of sea & sky
CD: Songs of sea & sky : Australian music for clarinet and piano / Nigel Westlake, David Bollard.

Songs of sea and sky
Digital Audio: Songs of sea and sky / Peter Sculthorpe ; performed by Nigel Westlake, David Bollard

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Violin with string orchestra
- Flute with piano
- Saxophone with piano
- Didjeridu with string orchestra


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Analysis & Media

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