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The Shadow of Mill : cello solo

by Cat Hope (2017)

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Decibel / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. CD 3253 [Available for loan]

Shadow of Mill


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The Shadow of Mill / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. 787.4/HOP 8 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work is a series of reflections on the white Australia policy enacted in 1901. The title is taken from Phil Griffith's paper "Towards White Australia: The Shadow of Mill and the spectre of slavery in the 1802 debates on Chinese Immigration" published in 2002

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Cello, subtone.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Improvisation, graphic score, theatre.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tristen Parr

Commission note: The second movement was commissioned by Gabriella Smart for the APRA|AMC Art Music Awards in Sydney, 2017. The first and third movements were written for the Summers Night Project in 2018.

This work is in three movements.

The cellist is asked to play with two bows and to print a copy of the White Australia Polilcy (link is score instructions) which they will use on the cello as part of the performance.

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


Resonate article: Cat Hope at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2023 by Caroline Wilkins

Performances of this work

Jul 18: Summers Night Concert, Subiaco Theatre Centre, WA

22 Aug 17: APRA AMC Art Awards. Featuring Tristen Parr.

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