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Secret life of the Reef

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

The Secret life of the Reef : for string orchestra / Natalya Vagner.

by Natalya Vagner (2021)

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  • Instrumentation: Strings.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Orquesta Marga Marga from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 147.


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The Secret Life of the Reef is a musical setting in 4 parts, that describes the A: the Beauty of the Reef, B: The spawning of the Corals, C: 'Cheeky Fish Games, D: 'The morning after the Coral Spawning'.

Each year corals that make up the 3000-kilometre reef, spawn on one night in a beautiful explosion of life. The music firstly describes the 'perfect tropical night' with sonorous peaceful melodies flowing from violin one and two, with occasional 'solo lines' intertwines into the complex tunes. Then it all morphs into a spontaneous, playful dance influenced by 'tango rhythms', with strong polyrhythmic and dialogue, 'chatty' section throughout the whole orchestra. 'Cheeky Fish Games' sees schools of fish darting and dancing amongst the spawn, feeding off the bundles of life ejected by the corals. Then in the finale, the 'Morning after the Coral Spawning', after one crazy exuberant night the coral sinks slowly to the reef to begin a new cycle of life.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (40p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmical sections, polyrhythm.

Duration: 10 mins

Contents note:

A: the Beauty of the Reef, B: The spawning of the Corals, C: 'Cheeky Fish Games, D: 'The morning after the Coral Spawning'.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the annual spawning event in Australia.

Commissioned by Orquesta Marga Marga.

First performance by Orquesta Marga Marga — 27 Nov 21. 'Puente' Internatianle Music Festival, Chile

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- Video: Secret life of the Reef

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