Sticks and stones : after Andy Goldsworthy
by Becky Llewellyn (1993)
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Andy Goldsworthy is a UK sculptor who visited aridland South Australia and showed us its beauty at the 1992 Adelaide Festival through wonderful sculptures of sticks and stones.
Song Ball is based on a huge ball of mallee sticks and weaves melodies in and out like the wood.
Song Line is a dramatic alternative experience watching a performer make music out of wood and rocks alone, as in the rock line Goldsworthy created.
Finally, Song Web inhabits an ethereal place I experienced when seeing Goldsworthy's web of grape vine prunings woven with no glue or nylon into a curtain in the middle of a room. A large central hole, which appeared to have nothing in it, took me to a vortex experience where it appeared full of cosmic light. Ryszard Pusz helped me find the right mushroom head sticks on marimba to duplicate this experience musically, as the chords ring with eerie overtones and undertones, all from sticks on sticks.
It is truly wonderful to be inspired by such great simplicity in a visual artist and with wonderful assistance from a great percussionist.
Instrumentation: Marimba (movts I and III), Aboriginal clap sticks and ringing stones (Movt II).
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Contents note: I. Song Ball (marimba) -- II. Song Line (clap sticks and ringing rocks) -- III - Song Web (marimba).
Commission note: Commissioned by Ryszard Pusz.
First performance: by Ryszard Pusz — 27 May 94. Centre for Performing Arts, Adelaide
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
Performances of this work
25 Sep 03: Canberra School of Music Percussion Symposium. Featuring Ryszard Pusz.
20 Sep 03: Ascham School . Featuring Ryszard Pusz.
7 Jun 02: Heart's Music concert with Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, Elder Hall, Adelaide. Featuring Ryszard Pusz.
27 May 94: Centre for Performing Arts, Adelaide. Featuring Ryszard Pusz.
27 May 94: Centre for the Performing Arts, Adelaide. Featuring Ryszard Pusz.
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