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Rainforest toccata (solo piano)

by Wendy Hiscocks (1987)

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Performance by Jeanell Carrigan from the CD Spin

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Spin : Australian solo piano works. / Jeanell Carrigan, piano.

Library shelf no. CD 792 [Available for loan]

Rainforest toccata


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Rainforest toccata : for piano solo / Wendy Hiscocks.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HIS 2 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Rainforest Toccata was composed in 1987. The opening section reflects the echoing acoustic and atmosphere of the 'Devil's Coachhouse' near the entrance to the Jenolan Caves in New South Wales, at the start of that lovely walk through the bush where one can watch rock wallabies at dusk. The other general inspiration is the sounds and scents of Australian rainforests: the piece's central dancing toccata section was specially marked by a magical afternoon listening to a forest of bellbirds on the escarpments of the NSW Central Coast. The whole performance should be very generously pedalled and bathed in a multitude of sonorities.
Roy Howat premiered Rainforest Toccata at Beith Arts Club, UK on 30 October 1988. He then toured the music in programmes throughout Scotland, England and New Zealand before giving the Australian premiere on August 20, 1989 for the ABC programme 'Broadwalk' broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7-8.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Roy Howat

Previously titled: Joyu.


Performances of this work

27 Apr 2014: at Arcko Symphonic: Chamber View 4 (Wesley of Warragul).

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