by Brendan Collins (2019)
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Performance by Duncan Gifford, Barker College Symphonic Wind Bad, Andrew McWade from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 114.
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Narrabeen Hustle began its life as an annoying theme that pounded through my head during one of my regular runs along Narrabeen Beach. Refusing to leave me for the entirety of the run, I felt compelled to make good of the uncomfortable situation by developing the persistent theme into a work for solo piano. The resulting work was Narrabeen Hustle.
The theme, combined with jazzy harmonies and an unrelenting and highly energetic tempo produced a work that is infectiously fun and appealing to both performer and audience members.
Following a conversation I had with Andrew McWade - Head of Bands at Barker College, we concluded that a reworking of the piece for solo piano and wind band would make a great final work or encore piece for an otherwise 'serious' concert program. The light-hearted nature of this whirlwind of a composition in conjunction with the virtuosic demands of the soloist and ensemble members make this piece an immediate 'hit' with its audiences.
Narrabeen Hustle will leave you as breathless as I was following the torment the theme caused me while running along the sands of Narrabeen.
Duration: 4 min.
Narrabeen Hustle (version for solo piano and wind band)
Performances of this work
7 Oct 19.
13 Sep 19: Barker College, Hornsby NSW. Featuring Duncan Gifford.
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