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Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling, for string quartet

by Rachel Bruerville (2017, this version: 2018)

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Performance by ACO Collective from the CD Women of Note

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Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers, Volume 2.

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Library shelf no. CD 3111 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Dancing on Tiptoes was commissioned by the Hush Foundation as part of its Collective Wisdom project, visiting teenagers in mental health wards of hospitals around the country.

Hush 18 "Collective Wisdom", the album, was released on the ABC Classics label, originally recorded for string orchestra by the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, 2018.

"It's like dancing on tiptoes, but knowing you're never going to fall..." - a quote from an insightful young person at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital, which sparked the inspiration for this piece. It is a simple, moderate dance in changing, so-called "irregular" time signatures. Gwen Bennett, for Loudmouth, describes the melody as happy and sunny: "a mellifluous [what a great word!] theme that fluctuates up and down...". I hope it helps bring a sense of calm and optimism to anyone who is struggling. I am passionate about caring for the planet, and all animals, including people! Challenging the stigma surrounding mental illness is so important for creating a kinder, more understanding world, which is what The Hush Foundation are contributing so amazingly to. Music can certainly help create this world.

Work Details

Year: 2017, this version: 2018

Instrumentation: 2 Violins, viola, cello.

Performances of this work

12 Mar 2020: at CSO: Love, Kindness, Decency (National Portrait Gallery). Featuring CSO Chamber Orchestra, Kirsten Williams.

17 Sep 18: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring ACO Collective.

16 Sep 18: City Recital Hall, Sydney. Featuring ACO Collective.

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