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Lanterns on Lake Illawarra (solo piano)

by Wendy Hiscocks (2007)

Lanterns on Lake Illawarra


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Lanterns on Lake Illawarra / Wendy Hiscocks

Library shelf no. 786.2/HIS 9 [Available for loan]

Scenes from an Australian childhood


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Scenes from an Australian childhood : for piano solo / Wendy Hiscocks.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HIS 3 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Many of the descriptions in literature and music about Australia focus on a flat or drought-ridden landscape but for me, Australia's flora and fauna and natural weather patterns created an environment that was vibrant and exciting. It is these images and experiences that are expressed in the various musical chapters of a larger collection of piano solos titled Scenes from an Australian Childhood.
I have many memories of being woken in the middle of a summer night to go prawning on Lake Illawarra. The prawns would 'run' best when the tide went out and the moon was full. Then we would hang our gas lanterns
from the boat and wait with our nets. Lanterns on Lake Illawarra takes the form of a musical fable in which the moon and the lantern are the main characters and are given musical themes. In short, the lantern is the false lover who lures the prawn towards the net and this depiction is mingled with a themes for the water, a pervading rumba-rhythm, and a myriad of stars above the lake before the final coda.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Scott McCarrey.

First performance: by Scott McCarrey — 15 Nov 07. McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii


Performances of this work

25 May 2017: at Wendy Hiscocks & Madeleine Mitchell (Steinway Hall (London, UK)). Featuring Wendy Hiscocks.

15 Nov 07: McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii. Featuring Scott McCarrey.

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