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Moondani: Black : Moondani Music II: for symphonic wind band

by Taran Carter (2014)

Moondani: Black


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Moondani: Black : Moondani music II, for symphonic wind band / Taran Carter.

Library shelf no. 784.8/CAR 1 [Available for loan]

Moondani: Black


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Work Overview

In 2009, the Black Saturday bushfires destroyed lives, homes and farms throughout the St. Andrews region including that of Moondani, the composer, Taran Carter's family home. Five years after the fires MOONDANI: Black was composed in memory of the events of that day.

This music evokes the hot, dry Victorian February with the sounds of bell birds, insects, hot northerly winds and hissing radios tuned to 774AM bushfire reports. It celebrates the community of St. Andrews, portrays the horror of the firestorm, mourns for those who lost their lives, alludes to life cycles (with the return of the bell-birds) and finally culminates in a hopeful, gentle fanfare for the renewal of the community.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, alto flute, oboe, 2 bassoons, clarinet in Eb, 3 clarinets in Bb, alto clarinet in Eb, bass clarinet in Bb, contrabass clarinet in Bb, soprano saxophone, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets in Bb, 3 horns in F, 3 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, piano, percussion (4 players).

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Composed in memory of the victims of the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires

Commission note: Commissioned by Eltham High School Symphonic Band.

First performance: by Eltham High School Symphonic Band, Rick Plummer — 19 Aug 14.


Moondani Black


Performances of this work

19 Aug 14: featuring Eltham High School Symphonic Band, Rick Plummer.

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