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Steeling Fire

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Steeling Fire : concerto for percussion and string orchestra [eScore] / Natalie Williams.

by Natalie Williams (2022)


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Steeling Fire is a concerto for percussion and string orchestra, based upon the story of the "Women of Steel" and their connection with the Port Kembla Steelworks, near Wollongong in Australia. In the 1980s and 1990s, a group of women fought publicly to gain employment at the steelworks. Their advocacy permanently changed Australian employment law. This concerto is written as an homage to their experiences and their stories.

This concerto uses only metal instruments of the percussion family, as a textural homage to the output of the steelworks. Pitched instruments of a vibraphone and crotales are paired with an array of unpitched metallic instruments, including anvils, cymbals, brake drums and gongs. The work asks for actual metal tools to also be used as percussion instruments, including a set of five hammerheads along with a chime tree made up of hanging drill bits. A waterphone and a wind gong add resonant sounds to the slow-moving central movement, and show the wide range of textures available from the metallic members of the percussion battery.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (43p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Some improvisatory percussion solo passages

Duration: 22 mins

Contents note:

I. Dust and Fire -- II. Reverie  -- III. Mechanica.

Commission info: Commissioned by the Steel City Strings for their 2022 season, honouring the "Women of Steel" of Port Kembla, NSW

First performance by Claire Edwardes, Steel City Strings at Women of Steel (Wollongong Town Hall) on 19 Nov 2022

Includes performance notes.

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