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Rain Falls And After : for two guitars

by Christopher Sainsbury (2020)

Work Overview

We often look to the red centre or the tropical north to define Australia, and place ourselves within a certain romance with a country half of us have never seen. In contrast in this piece I'm looking at a micro-world, perhaps a few square inches under a mushroom, and seeing that a whole world exists there. I was inspired by my mother-in-law Isobel Robin's haiku poem:
"Rain falls and after, a sudden air of mushrooms, and small things moving." (Used by permission).
So I hopefully catch images of rain, heavy and light, and also short bursts of small things unfurling, and lots of delicate movements in the soil and leaf litter.
It may be worthwhile reading the poem (as it is very short) before a performance.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: 2 Guitars (classical).

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced tertiary or professional players

Commission note: Commissioned by Roland Peelman for performance by Canberra International Music Festival.

Performances of this work

9 May 21: Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia Canberra International Music Festival. Featuring Andrew Blanch, Vladimir Gorbach.

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