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Arafura (sa choir with percussion)

by Cathy Applegate (2003)



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Arafura / Cathy Applegate.

Library shelf no. 782.6542/APP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Arafura was inspired by the the beaches around Darwin. Many are edged by Casuarina trees that whisper as the breezes blow through them.

Beyond our shore lies Indonesia and the music of that region. The use of metallophones and gong, as well as the overall musical form, borrow from Balinese music in particular.

I have employed the use of spoken word and vocal effects in addition to conventional melodic lines in an effort to evoke images of the sea.

The terrorist attack in Bali occurred during the composition of this work and hence the reference to lost souls and the desire for peace.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: SSA choir, percussion (4 players).

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned for the ASME Conference that was held in Darwin in 2003.

First performance: 4 Jul 03. Darwin, NT, Australia

The composer provides this additional note:

This work has also been arranged for SATB and for guitar orchestra (prepared guitars)


Performances of this work

2006: Jerudong International School, Brunei. Featuring Darwin Youth and Children's Choir, Emma Varsovia, Tantengco.

4 Jul 03: Darwin, NT, Australia

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