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Cloudcatcher I : for two pianos

by Michael Hannan (2016)

Audio Sample

Performance by Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo from the CD New Music for Multiple Keyboards

New Music for Multiple Keyboards


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Cloudcatcher I


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Cloudcatcher I : for two pianos / Michael Hannan.

Library shelf no. 785.6212/HAN 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Cloudcatcher is one of the translations of "Wollumbin", the indigenous name for the Northern NSW volcanic-plug mountain that in 1770 James Cook named Mount Warning. Wollumbin is a sacred Aboriginal site, said to be at the intersection of many songlines.

Having lived in the nearby village of Nimbin for more than 20 years I have gained much inspiration from the natural environment of the Border Ranges area, including an ongoing fascination with the majestic Wollumbin, whose distinctive peak, true to the translation "cloudcatcher" is often temporally shrouded by moving clouds.

The first movement of Cloudcatcher I, "Flight", responds to the clouds and birds that move over and around Wollumbin. The second, "Meditation" contemplates the imposing presence of the mountain. The third, "Vibration", imagines its physical and spiritual energies, past and present. And the fourth, "Birdsong", is a meditation on the calls of some birds common to the area.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 2 pianos.

Duration: 14 min.

Contents note: 1. Flight -- 2. Meditation -- 3. Vibration -- 4. Birdsong.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo


Performances of this work

8 Dec 2016: at Multiple Keyboards - new works for piano duet & 2-4 pianos/toy pianos (Theme and Variations (Willoughby)).

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