The Dying Pillow : for twelve cymbals
by Cat Hope (2015)
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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.
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
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