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Prelude and White cockatoo spirit dance : for solo viola

by Ross Edwards (1994)

Also known as: Enyato II

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Performance by Patricia Pollett, Belinda Webster from the CD Viola power

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Work Overview

The Australian violist Patricia Pollett asked me to write her a solo piece when we were both in residence at the Mount Buller Summer School for Strings in 1990. Four years later I completed Enyato II, dedicated
to Patricia, who gave the first performance at a Perihelion concert in Brisbane in 1994. I later replaced the title Enyato II (enyato means simply 'contrast') with the more evocative Prelude and White Cockatoo
Spirit Dance. Originally for viola, I later made transposed versions for violin and cello.

The two movements are vastly dissimilar: the Prelude an expressive adagio; the Dance, an energetic maninya (dance/chant), whose characteristic shapes and patterns have been distilled from the natural environment. This movement may be performed on its own as White Cockatoo Spirit Dance.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Prelude -- II. White Cockatoo Spirit Dance.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Patricia Pollett

Commission note: Commissioned by Perihelion, Belinda Webster for performance by Tall Poppies with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

Previously titled 'Enyato II'. Part of the Enyato series.

Performances of this work

21 Apr 2021: at Amulet (UTS Gallery). Featuring James Wannan.

14 May 2020: at Anna McMichael solo violin lunchtime concert (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Anna McMichael.

17 Nov 2019: at Michelle Urquhart in Concert (St Luke's Anglican Church (Mosman)). Featuring Michelle Urquhart.

7 Sep 2018: at Festival Opening Concert (Tyalgum Hall). Featuring Anna McMichael.

6 May 2018: at Valley Spirit (Kangaroo Valley Hall). Featuring Anna McMichael.

11 Oct 2002: at Serenade (Arts Centre Gold Coast). Featuring Nigel Bardsley.

1999: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Chris Latham.

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