This Earthly Round : for alto saxophone and prepared piano
by Miriama Young (2014)
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This Earthly Round was written as a musical response to
climate change-deniers who choose to ignore scientific evidence
to the contrary and continue to set policies that exacerbate
The music attempts to capture a sense of Planet Earth's beauty, fragility and vulnerability. The 'round' slowly corrodes, becomes weaker and less hospitable, until the piece concludes with a bleak apocalyptic view of our possible future habitat.
This is our Earthly Round - A musical round;
Our joyous, brief moment of habitation;
On a fragile sphere known as Planet Earth, held in the balance.
The piece is dedicated to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, prepared piano.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by HD Duo.
First performance: by HD Duo — Mar 14. The North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Illinois, USA
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
climate change, minimalism, unequal temperaments. Influences include Jack Body, John Cage, Bach.
- Has as subject/About: Environmental themes
Performances of this work
Mar 14: The North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Illinois, USA. Featuring HD Duo.
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