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Two views from Hastings : for string quintet or string orchestra

by Don Kay (1994)

Two views from Hastings


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Two views from Hastings : for string quintet or string orchestra / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 785.715/KAY 1 [Available for loan]

Two views from Hastings


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Work Overview

Moonlight Ridge
'Moonlight Ridge' is located in the far south of Tasmania. Its very name conjures up a sense of mystery and obscure romance. My single movement work was written in response to the moonlit image of the snow-covered ridge gleaming in the distance across the dark, still waters of Hastings Bay.
Duration = approx. 9-10 mins.

Bush Tapestry
From the hill-side overlooking Hastings Bay, one can see many patterns and colours in the bushlands and forests, near and far, right to the distant mountains. Some are light in colour and texture; some much darker. Some intimately detailed; some, more distant, with a sense of grandeur. Overall, there is much variety in the multi layered intricate patterning and a great sense of wild, untamed nature. This work, also in one movement, was conceived as a companion piece to follow 'Moonlight Ridge', or be performed independently, as preferred.
Duration = approx. 5 mins.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass; or string orchestra.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Moonlight ridge -- Bush tapestry.

Bush tapestry: "Composed as a gift to the Louisiana Sinfonietta".

Moonlight ridge: "Commissioned by Virtuosi Tasmania, for performance by the Tasman Quartet and double bass, with the assistance of Arts Tasmania".


Two views from Hastings


Performances of this work

28 Feb 2015: at TSO: Symphonic Dances (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja.

26 Feb 2015: at TSO: Symphonic Dances (Princess Theatre, Launceston). Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja.

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