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Guwara : string orchestra

by Christopher Sainsbury (2022)

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Work Overview

Guwara means high wind, and the piece suggests early Spring in Australia when the winds are up. I am a descendant of those Aboriginal people placed in Australia's first mission - the Dharug of the Sydney region. It is a word from my Dharug language, and using it through the piece is participating in our language recovery. At times the work uses a melody thickening and reverb technique between Violins I and Violins II where one part imitates the other a half a beat later, a bit hard but a great effect when it works, and the kids got it in the first performance. The cellos and basses under them play in gusts and bursts.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Strings.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — For tertiary students or professional players

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne String Ensemble.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Dag Wiren's Serenade for Strings.

Performances of this work

Apr 22: Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC

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