Tiger snake : for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble
by Eve Duncan (2001)
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Snake evokes the
experiences of an Australian Aboriginal woman around the time of
Australian Federation in 1901. The text comes from a poem written
by Aboriginal poet Lisa Bellear, who met with the composer to
discuss aspects of Australian Federation and what it meant for
Aboriginal people. It explores both the uplifting experience of
connection to family and land, and the trauma of dispossession,
disease and violence.
Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), didjeridu, tenor trombone, mezzo-soprano, percussion (1 player), cello (solo), contrabass (solo), string orchestra.
Duration: 20 min.
Contents note: 1. Aboriginal hearts -- 2. Ulupna tribe -- 3. Natural instincts -- 4. Tribal days -- 5. Influenza -- 6. Spirit men -- 7. Runner of light.
Commission note: Commissioned through the Australian Federal Government for the Centenary of Australia in 2001
First performance: 6 Apr 01. South Melbourne Town Hall
This work has a cultural connection to Aboriginal spirituality and the environment of Australia.
Commissioned by Anna Monea for Rhapsody in Motion, a collaboration of three composers, two sculptors and a poet to express the multiple levels of issues surrounding Federation of Australia.
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Performances of this work
6 Apr 01: South Melbourne Town Hall
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