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Rituals of Heartland : orchestra

by Catherine Likhuta (2017)

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Work Overview

Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Composers Program, Rituals of Heartland is a 10-minute contemporary take on a symphonic poem. Raised in Ukraine, I have wonderful childhood memories of snowy winters and rich culture and folklore. As a mother of a four-year-old girl, Skylie, I always share Ukrainian culture with her. When this commission came through, I decided to involve Skylie in the creative process. Together we created a fairy-tale about a brave young girl Mariyka from medieval Ukraine, who lost her puppy in a snowy enchanted forest, and was determined to find and rescue it from a witch. Skylie created characters for the story: baby monster in a cape, a family of enchanted trees, an angry mermaid queen underneath a frozen lake, her army of enchanted fishies, a naughty witch and a lake of hot lava. We then pieced together a libretto, which I reflected in the music, drawing additional inspiration from the angular rhythms and characteristic harmonies of Ukrainian folk dances.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with funds provided by Cybec Foundation.. Commissioned as part of the Cybec 21st Century Composers Program.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tianyi Lu at Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Showcase (Iwaki Auditorium) on 21 Feb 2018


Performances of this work

21 Feb 2018: at Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Showcase (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tianyi Lu.

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