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Walking around Adelaide early in the morning listening to magpies

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Walking around Adelaide early in the morning listening to magpies : piano solo / David John Lang.

by David John Lang (2016)


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I like to start my day by going for an hour's walk, usually before sunrise. Adelaide's streets are usually pretty quiet before dawn, which gives time and space to reflect and think. But most of all I love to hear the birds as they gradually wake up, beginning with the magpies.

The environment and mood of my early morning walks around Adelaide are the inspiration for this music. It is mostly written in a very tonal, postminimalist language, with an episodic structure of recurring material, always slightly different at each iteration, and always using a subtly unpredictable numbers of repeats. There is a three-note ostinato played most of the way through - but stopping for certain key passages. This musical language is used to capture the freshness, quiet, solitude and almost timeless sense of space experienced on these morning walks.

Interspersed through the work are five 'magpie' episodes, in which the ostinato is stilled and fast, non-diatonic phrases warble away in the treble in rough imitation of Australian magpie song. These mysterious episodes are the heart of the piece.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 min.

Dedicated to Hugo Selles

First performance by Hugo Selles — 12 Feb 17. Ukaria (Mount Barker, SA)

Includes program note.

The composer notes the following submitted styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Minimalism, Nature, Birdsong, Adelaide

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790720207742

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