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Pitara Yaan Muruwariki (quartets: flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, cello)

by Rhyan Clapham (2017)

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Work Overview

In the Aboriginal language of the Murrawarri people of Brewarrina NSW, Pitara Yaan Muruwariki means "Muruwari is good, sweet talk." This is the goal for my composition. This work represents both the strength of Indigenous languages and the journey to acquiring this knowledge. The distinct melodies shared between the cello, clarinet, vibes and flute are centred around four words in the Murrawarri language. Those words, played at the beginning, are Thirra (Song), Milkakari (Someone with no ears), Pintanj (Tongue), and Paliputharran (Lungs). You can see the act of conversation evolving out of the ways in which the performers engage in these words and how they interact with each other. - Rhyan Clapham

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Flute, bass clarinet, cello, vibraphone.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Dependence on Syncopation and Changing Time Signatures eg. 3/4 to 7/16

Commission note: Commissioned by Ngarra-Burria for performance by Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by Ngarra Burria First People's Composers Initiative for Ensemble Offspring

Performances of this work

5 Dec 2021: at Ensemble Offspring presents Composing Songlines (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

3 Aug 17: Ngarra Burria First People's Composers Concert, Eora College, Sydney NSW. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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