Rituals of Heartland : orchestra
by Catherine Likhuta (2017)
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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.
Duration: 10 min.
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