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The Dying Pillow : for twelve cymbals

by Cat Hope (2015)

The Dying Pillow


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The Dying Pillow : for twelve cymbals / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. 785.6713/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is a reflection on ingrained racism against Indigenous people in Australia. The violence from both sides during the late 1800's, colonial governments introduced systems of 'protective' legislation. A Chief Protector was appointed to watch over the interests of Aboriginal people to 'smooth the dying pillow'. This phrase also appeared in a newspaper article in 1925, where a missionary spoke of "smoothing the pillow of the dying race". This article is reproduced as the background to the score.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Bowed cymbals.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — graphic score

Commission note: Commissioned by Synergy Percussion.. Commissioned by Synergy for the 40 x 40 x 40 project

Animated notation.

To perform this piece you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application that puts the score in motion and coordinates the performance.

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