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Fire tiger (solo piano)

by Becky Llewellyn (2000)

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Performance by Gabriella Smart from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.


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Fire tiger : piano solo / Becky Llewellyn.

Library shelf no. 786.2/LLE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Confinement is conducive to fantasy. It wasn't long ago that we became aware of the people who were confined in placed like Port Arthur and the Female Factory in Hobart where this piece was commissioned to be premiered. Children's 'homes', detention centres, prisoner of war camps - Australia is good at confining and until recently these have been blind spots on our nation's psyche. We now empathise with their outer living conditions but what of their inner lives? Fire Tiger invites the listener inside the skin of a tiger, another creature often confined but once free. The name comes from Chinese astrology.

The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to pianist Gabriella Smart, whose vibrant performance abilities inspired this meditation on an energy that bars cannot cage.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB A.Mus.A.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gabriella Smart

Commission note: Commissioned by Gabriella Smart.. Commissioned by Gabriella Smart, with grant from ArtsSA, for Ten Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania.

First performance: by Gabriella Smart — 1 Apr 01. Port Arthur church - first Ten Days on an Island Festival

Performances of this work

23 Oct 01: Concert room, Flinders Street School of Music, Adelaide. Featuring Gabriella Smart.

2 Apr 01: Quiet This Metal piano recital, 1st Ten Days on the Island Festival, The Female Factory, Hobart Tasmania.

1 Apr 01: Quiet This Metal recital, relic of a church at Port Arthur Historic Site, Ten Days on the Island Festival Tasmania.. Featuring Gabriella Smart.

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