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Slow Lullaby : violin and piano

by Damian Barbeler

Slow Lullaby


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Slow Lullaby : violin and piano / Damian Barbeler.

Library shelf no. 787.2/BAR 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

There is a work by Elliot Carter called Night Fantasies about a person having half waking thoughts and feelings in the middle of the night. I have taken a different angle on this. I imagine a person lying waiting, close to death. This music a last lullaby to help them die. The violin suggests a metabolism slowing, yet the mind is still hugely active as the piano suggests. This person (as in the Carter) has a range of passing feelings and half thoughts: perhaps they are memories, good and bad. In the end the cycles of their body wind down as they enter a last long sleep.

Work Details

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Performances of this work

30 Nov 2013: at If that Diamond Ring turns Brass (Duneira). Featuring Anna McMichael, Tamara Anna Cislowska.

13 Oct 2012: at Lullabies (Lecture Hall, Port Fairy).

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