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Lake Ice : (Missed Tales No.1)

by Mary Finsterer (2013)

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Performance by Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.

Library shelf no. CD 2548 [Available for loan]

Lake Ice


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Lake Ice : (Missed tales No. 1) / Mary Finsterer.

Library shelf no. 784.275/FIN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Lake Ice (Missed Tales No.1) is a concerto that embraces ancient myths and fresh new sounds. Composed for the double bass and orchestra, it features an instrument that is rarely placed centre-stage. More commonly a supporting instrument, the double bass is used as a distinctive, individual voice that weaves its way throughout the piece, uniting the various musical landscapes.

Lake Ice draws on the rich traditions of story telling and fantasy in both Westerns and Eastern cultures to craft the ever-changing orchestral settings through which both the double bass and the listener journey. Thematically the music is grounded in imaginative literary traditions that suggest some of the epic journeyings of the past. The piece provides a complete narrative rather like the experience of reading a short story and in this sense it is more unusual than many of the current modes of composition practice in Australia.

Having said that, Lake Ice
is also characteristically Australian. While it has a strong connection with European traditions, in using extended narrative form, Lake Ice charts one of our longest traditions in Australian culture, that of story-telling that links directly into the heart of the landscape. The double bass vocalises this journey in tandem with the orchestral accompaniment, often suggesting the open spaces and mysterious terrain of our ancient land.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Solo double bass (amplified), flute (doubling piccolo), alto flute (doubling flute), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contra-bassoon, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets in C, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (

Duration: 19 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Use of extended techniques

Dedication note: "Dedicated to my children, Eve & Wil Golja"

Written for: Kees Boersma

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis at Sydney Symphony: Finsterer (City Recital Hall) on 29 Aug 2013

The composer notes the following influences, etc associated with this work:
 medieval tonality; extra-musical extended narrative form.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2014 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year Finalist Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis, soloist Kees Boersma
2014 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Finalist Mary Finsterer


Performances of this work

6 Sep 2013: at Sydney Symphony: Finsterer (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis.

29 Aug 2013: at Sydney Symphony: Finsterer (City Recital Hall). Featuring Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis.

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