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Great White Bird : for string quartet

by Hilary Kleinig (2016)

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Performance by Zephyr Quartet from the CD Epilogue

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Work Overview

Great White Bird imagines the time in Australia before European settlement. It makes reference to Susie's Ship Song - a song sung by Susie, a Wirangu woman from Yardea on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia - which tells the story of a great white bird that came over the seas and was tethered to the bay so that it couldn't get away. It is believed that the song was created in response to the tall ships of Mathew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin sailing into and anchoring in Denial Bay.

Great White Bird honours and pays tribute to Australia's first people, their stories and their land.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Wirangu people of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Written for: Zephyr Quartet

First performance: by Zephyr Quartet — 13 Nov 16. Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc assocaited with this work:
Indigenous, First Nations, Aboriginal, Wirangu, Yardea, Eyre Peninsula, Boats, Immigration


Great White Bird : for string quartet


Performances of this work

1 Dec 2019: at Zephestival - Zephyr Quartet's 20th Birthday Celebration (Wheatsheaf Hotel). Featuring Zephyr Quartet.

13 Nov 16: Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA. Featuring Zephyr Quartet.

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