Australian summer : for pipe organ
by Ann Carr-Boyd (2016)
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Library shelf no. 786.5/CAR 3 [Not for loan]
Australian Summer, for pipe organ, was composed at the
Royal Schools of Church Music Summer School, held in Canberra in
Canberra was experiencing a heatwave at this time, but despite this, the singers, organists and other musicians who attended from all over Australia and New Zealand, were not deterred and created a memorable week of choral and organ music, as well as some new compositions composed at the Summer School (as was this piece). It was my privilege to be Composer in Residence and to tutor a diverse group of composers, who each created a new work which was performed at the final concert.
In my work for organ, I wished to use the wonderful bass pedal notes of the organ to create a sustained sound, on which are superimposed some of the bird songs I could hear around me, all of which are pervaded by the breathless heat of the day. Images and sounds of the Australian film, "Picnic at Hanging Rock", floated through my mind, reminding me of the timeless quality created in this film.
Instrumentation: Pipe organ.
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