Lanterns on Lake Illawarra (solo piano)
by Wendy Hiscocks (2007)
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Many of the descriptions in literature and music about Australia
focus on a flat or drought-ridden landscape but for me,
Australia's flora and fauna and natural weather patterns created
an environment that was vibrant and exciting. It is these images
and experiences that are expressed in the various musical
chapters of a larger collection of piano solos titled Scenes
from an Australian Childhood.
I have many memories of being woken in the middle of a summer night to go prawning on Lake Illawarra. The prawns would 'run' best when the tide went out and the moon was full. Then we would hang our gas lanterns
from the boat and wait with our nets. Lanterns on Lake Illawarra takes the form of a musical fable in which the moon and the lantern are the main characters and are given musical themes. In short, the lantern is the false lover who lures the prawn towards the net and this depiction is mingled with a themes for the water, a pervading rumba-rhythm, and a myriad of stars above the lake before the final coda.
Duration: 7 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Scott McCarrey.
First performance: by Scott McCarrey — 15 Nov 07. McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Performances of this work
15 Nov 07: McKay auditorium, Brigham Young University, Hawaii. Featuring Scott McCarrey.
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