by Peter Sculthorpe (1992)
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From Saibai is a shortened version, arranged for cello
and piano, of my clarinet and piano work Songs of Sea and
Sky. This work was inspired by a traditional melody from
Saibai, an island just south of Papua New Guinea, in Torres
Strait. The melody was collected on Saibai by Jeremy Beckett in
Although some traditional Torres Strait music still survives in its original form, most of that heard today is strongly influenced by the religious music introduced by missionaries in the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, its themes are still predominantly of sea voyages, flights of birds and changes in sea and sky.
From Saibai is in one continuous movement consisting of four parts: an introductory cello solo; a reworking of the traditional melody, with additional material; a rhythmic section suggesting a Torres Strait island dance-song and based upon the opening solo; and a more impassioned statement of Saibai, followed by a short coda.
Duration: 11 min.
Inspired by a traditional melody from Saibai island.
- Inspired by: Torres Strait
Performances of this work
12 Jul 11: St Anne & St Agnes, United Kingdom
12 Jul 2011: at Alexandra Soumm & Adam Laloum (St Anne & St Agnes).
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