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Wind chimes : for piano solo

by Barbara Durham (2003)

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Performance by Barbara Durham from the CD Blowing in the wind

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Blowing in the wind


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Blowing in the wind : Australia / composed & performed by Barbara Durham.

Library shelf no. CD 1709 [Available for loan]

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Blowing in the wind : five pieces for advanced solo piano / Barbara Durham.

Library shelf no. 786.2/DUR 1 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

The sound of the Bells in Federation Square was a starting point with their soft tranquil sustained sonorities gradually dying away. Then they gradually become more agitated increasing in velocity and dynamics, sometimes to a loud clanging noise. Even though these chimes are computer-generated 'random' pieces, I attempted to write a more structured work to explore these innate characteristics of the chimes: the sustained
sound dying away, repetition of notes, the harmonics and their self-propelling force when building up to both smaller and larger crescendos. These sounds are explored within the framework of the characteristics intrinsic to the piano: the use of the damper pedal, tempered tuning, pianistic virtuosity and the very large range of pitch to exploit in the upper register.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Dedicated to the Bells in Federation Square, Melbourne

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