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Sacred Grove : for bassoon and piano

by May Howlett (1998)

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Performance by Katarina Kroslakova, Robert Llewellyn from the CD Un-ruffled

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Sacred Grove : for bassoon and piano / May Howlett.

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Work Overview

Robert Graves' scholarly tome, The White Goddess, is a compendium of Celtic myth, Ancient lore, and Mediterranean legend in which he lists the properties of the Tree Alphabet.
The significance of certain groups of trees as books to be interpreted by initiates such as the Druids was so great that, in Ireland, the selling of certain trees was punishable by death!
The hollow tones of the bassoon, the voice of Ogham the Tree god, match well with the mellow tones of the wooden marimba in this piece, recalling the furtive Mysteries carried out by acolytes, as suggested in certain Fauvist paintings.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Bassoon, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 4

First performance: by Ruth Pow — 1999. 2MBS-FM, Sydney

Performances of this work

1999: 2MBS-FM, Sydney. Featuring Ruth Pow.

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