Stings and Wings : marimba solo
by Maria Grenfell (2021)
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Rhythms Of Change / Claire Edwardes ; works by Maria Grenfell, Ella Macens, Alice Chance, Peggy Polias, Bree van Reyk, Elena Kats-Chernin, Anne Cawrse.
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Stings and Wings is a three-movement piece for solo marimba. Each movement is a musical picture of an insect, and may be played individually or as a suite of movements. Stings and Wings was commissioned by percussionist Claire Edwardes, as part of a project to increase the marimba repertoire by women composers and aimed at advanced school-level difficulty. Along with several new pieces by Australian women composers, the project resulted in a guide for composers writing for solo marimba. The first movement, Jack Jumper, depicts a particularly poisonous ant that is native to Tasmania. Recitative-like passages with tremolo and chromatic scales feature in Dragonfly, creating an image of the insect that can fly vertically up and down like a helicopter, catching all its food in mid-air. The fast final movement, Moth Hunt, is based on music originally composed for the documentary film Quoll Farm, and the scene of Eastern quolls running around at night hunting the Tasmanian Corbie moths, which hatch on rainy nights, beating their wings as the quolls hunt them for a delicious night-time snack.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Composed for HSC level upper secondary students
Contents note: I. Jack Jumper -- II. Dragonfly -- III. Moth Hunt.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Claire Edwardes
Commission note: Commissioned by Claire Edwardes with funds provided by Australia Council.. Commissioned as part of a project to increase the marimba repertoire by women composers and aimed at advanced school-level difficulty.
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