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Lorikeet Corroboree (trios: flute, clarinet, vibraphone)

by Fiona Loader (2015)

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Songbirds / Ensemble Offspring.

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Work Overview

'Lorikeet Corroboree' was written for Ensemble Offspring in 2015 during a residency at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. It was inspired by the beautiful rainbow lorikeets that visit me every morning and who dance after a feeding frenzy. This led me to many hours of documenting birdcall and transcribing melodic fragments derived from not only lorikeets but also other Australian birds including butcherbirds, magpies, and even a nightingale (also a musical reference to Lamorna Nightingale, Ensemble Offspring's flautist). There is much melodic dialogue between the parts in 'Lorikeet Corroboree' just as birds in the forest do not sing in isolation but in melodic collaboration, by answering each other's musical sentences.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, vibraphone.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Cadenza passages for flute and clarinet. Vibraphone part is fairly relentless.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ensemble Offspring

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring — Oct 15. Masters Recital, Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Performances of this work

28 Oct 2023: at Songbirds | Brisbane Music Festival (FourthWall Arts). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

9 Feb 2022: at Songbirds (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

27 May 2020: at Ensemble Offspring (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

Oct 15: Masters Recital, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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