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The Path : full orchestra

by May Lyon (2021)



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The Path : for orchestra / May Lyon.

Library shelf no. 784.2/LYO 2 [Available for loan]


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Work Overview

The Path is a contemplation and imagined journey travelling amongst the southern sky, looking at our distant yet familiar southern stars as many have done for generations. Originally inspired by a song-line in Aboriginal Wardaman astronomy about the trading of special songs of knowledge throughout the constellations, as described in Dark Sparklers (H. C. Cairns, 2004) by Bill Yidumduma Harney and Hugh Cairns.

Hugh Cairns has kindly given permission to reference this knowledge.

The Path was composed during the 2020 Melbournian stage 4 covid-19 lockdown, and finished during another Victorian lockdown in 2021. Never have the stars seemed so distant and our yearning for exploration and connection seemed more important.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Flute, piccolo, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns in F (mute), trumpet in B flat - (Harmon mute), 2 tenor trombones (mute), tuba (mute), percussion (5” and 8” triangles, 18” suspended cymbal, 3 temple blocks, medium and low toms, tam-tam, vibraphone, require superball mallet for tam-tam and a bow for vibraphone), harp, strings (5 string bass).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Composing Women Program - Sydney Conservatorium of Music Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra


Performances of this work

14 Jul 21: featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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