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To the Sea

Sheet Music: Score

To the Sea : for solo violin / Felicity Wilcox.

by Felicity Wilcox (2021)


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Adrian and I wanted to make a piece about the ocean; the possibilities for musical allusions to this natural force proved plentiful. The piece starts on the ocean floor; picked up in an underwater swell; awakened by the echoes of a long-drowned sea shanty; borne on a current that grows more insistent until it bursts through the surface to catch a lungful of air. The sea shanty arrived during my composition process and would not leave; a folky, 6/8 tune that provided structure for the rhythmic and harmonic material I weave through the work. This motif is framed by descriptive interpretations of the sea, where wave shapes start playfully lapping against the shore, their mellifluous patterns increasingly jagged and out-of-control, crashing in peaks, then evaporating like ocean spray while gulls cry.

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

Difficulty: Advanced — fast passages, some extended techniques

Duration: 8 min.

Dedication note: dedicated to Adrian Biemmi

Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with funds provided by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Contribute submitted styles, genres, influences, etc:
Luciano Berio, Sequenza VIII for violin

Contribute submitted additional notes:
To the Sea was an absolute joy to work on, with Adrian’s input invaluable to ensure a natural, idiomatic work for solo violin. Our shared understanding and aesthetic was remarkable – as was our fortuitous mutual desire to include a nod to Berio’s extraordinary Sequenza for violin somehow in the texture of this piece. It is dedicated to Adrian Biemmi – with my fondest respect.

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This edition produced 2022.

ISMN: 979-0-67315-268-7

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