The Great knot : for percussion trio
by Thomas Meadowcroft (2011)
The Great Knot is inspired by the migratory patterns of the bird, the great knot. This species breeds in Siberia in the summer but heads to Australia and Southern Asia during the Northern winter. (The great knot is also sometimes vagrant in Europe, although whether this is by accident or providence, one cannot be sure.) What for humans is a long-haul flight, the bird makes with only one stopover. The great knot is now considered vulnerable as a species. The piece The Great Knot attempts to approach the event horizon of the species' extinction without despair by using the bird's flight path as a model for music composition, namely 'how to get from A to B'.
Instrumentation: 2 alto recorders, birdcall, 2 coffee cans, 2 descant recorders, glasses, glockenspiel, 2 hi-hat stands, marbles, 2 metal bowls, 2 ping-pong bats, plastic bowls, playback, shakers, shell chimes, 15 small objects, 2 snare drums, stereo PA, suspended cymbal, synthesizer, table, tambourine, wineglassess.
Duration: 17 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Speak Percussion
Commission note: Commissioned by Speak Percussion.
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
2 Mar 2013: at Thomas Meadowcroft Portrait (Theatre du Galpon).
17 Apr 11: Abbottsford Convent, C3 Contemporary Art Space, VIC. Featuring Speak Percussion.
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