Snowgums in Silver Moonlight : cello with piano
by Margaret Brandman (2022)
Snowgums in Silver Moonlight is an extended and enhanced
arrangement of 'Snowgums in the Moonlight', included in Margaret
Brandman's album of solo piano pieces titled 'Twelve Timely
The key chosen for this rather ethereal work is G minor. The time signature is 7 quarter notes per bar. At times the theme is derived from the subtle Aeolian mode while at other more dramatic moments the melody and harmonies include the raised seventh from the harmonic form of the scale. The introductory measure is peppered with jazz-influenced chromatic harmonies leading to the arpeggiated piano accompaniment figure, establishing the dusky mood. The flowing lines and wide range allow for expressive cellistic performance. The music is quite fluid with the melody and accompanying lines shared equally between the instruments. The introductory material recurs at the end of each section which helps to define the form and unify the work.
Instrumentation: Cello, piano.
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — 7/4 time signature, wide range, pizzicato, double stops
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