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Aer Turas : Air Journey

by Eve Christina Duncan (2018)

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Performance by Sirius Chamber Ensemble from the CD Elephantasy

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Elephantasy : orchestral, operatic and chamber music of Eve Duncan.

Library shelf no. CD 3181 [Available for loan]

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Aer Turas (Air Journey)

Travelling in Asia, America and Australia gave me uplifting experiences of air in mountains and deserts.

In the 1980s I visited Leh, at 3,500 metres in Ladakh, once a part of Tibet. From there I travelled through the Himalayas and visited several Buddhist monasteries, some like eagle's nests on cliffs above the snowline. The monks chanted their prayers inside, and blew alpine trumpets outside. A monk said these prayers would travel all around the world.

Twenty years later my husband John and I travelled to the Appalachian Mountains that stretch for 2,400 km from Newfoundland, Canada, south to Alabamba, America. We enjoyed the invigorating air at Mount Washington in New Hampshire, at 1,917 metres. There hurricane force winds blow for 110 days of the year. We were lucky that it wasn't so windy that day, but it was certainly fresh.

In the MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia, the air felt lively, as we walked through a desert brought to life by rain with flowers and plants. In the Woollemi National Park in New South Wales there is uplifting and a colourful wilderness. The air holds a breathtaking feeling of suspended time.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to Sirius Chamber Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Sirius Ensemble for their Elements series

First performance: by Sirius Chamber Ensemble at Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Meet The Composer (Christ Church, Lavender Bay) on 23 Jun 2018

The composer notes the following influences, subjects, genres, etc associated with this work:
environment, nature


Performances of this work

29 Nov 2020: at Sunday Gala: Nanyubak (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Eliza Shephard, Michelle Wood, Philip Arkinstall.

10 Nov 2019: at The Birds Will Sing Them Off- Melbourne Composers League (St Oswald's Anglican Church (Glen Iris)). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

9 Nov 2019: at The Birds Will Sing Them Off- Melbourne Composers League (Church of All Nations). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

10 Mar 2019: at Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Picton (Wollondilly Shire Hall). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

21 Oct 2018: at The Elements (Annandale Creative Arts Centre). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

23 Jun 2018: at Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Meet The Composer (Christ Church, Lavender Bay). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

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