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The Sun behind it, burning it... : for solo harp

by Eve Christina Duncan (2003)

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Performance by Marshall McGuire from the CD Curiosities

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Curiosities / chamber music by Eve Duncan

Library shelf no. CD 1967 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

the sun behind it, burning it… explores aspects of the intense sun in the Australian landscape in late summer. It was inspired by part of The Simplest of Things, a poem by Australian poet Esther Theiler:

summer's life ends,

and the blood-coloured poppy,

the sun behind it, burning it

to transcendence,

is a substance close to flame

the sun behind it, burning it… was composed for Marshall McGuire at the invitation of Brenton Broadstock when he was Head of Composition at the University of Melbourne. I recorded Marshall playing it in a quiet room at the old Conservatorium of Music in Royal Parade, Parkville. Marshall premiered it in 2003 at the composer's weekly seminar. My recording was included on the Move Records CD Curiosities, Chamber music of Eve Duncan in 2007.

The music was performed many times by harpist Jacinta Dennett, both in Australia and in Italy. It was also a part of her exploration of solo harp music by Australian women composers in her Doctor of Philosophy. She often recited the text as a part of the performance. I really liked this addition to the original score, and I invite other harpists to do likewise.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Harp.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Marshall McQuire


Performances of this work

17 Jul 2016: at Her Beauty and Her Terror - Resonance Music Series (Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre (BACC), Brighton Town Hall). Featuring Jacinta Dennett.

30 Aug 2015: at The Melbourne Composers League presents ‘Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon: A Concert of New Chamber Music from Australia and China for Clarinet and Harp' (Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton). Featuring Jacinta Dennett.

28 May 2014: at ANAM Recital - Melina van Leeuwen, harp (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)). Featuring Melina van Leeuwen.

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