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Watercolours (solo piano)

by Matthew Orlovich (1995)

Audio Sample

From the CD First light

First light

Out of Print

This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.


First light / [Yvonne Lau, piano].

Library shelf no. CD 492 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In Watercolours the composer has sought to reflect something of the beauty and spirit of Australian coastal waters. The music was also inspired by the instrumental sounds of the Javanese Gamelan.
The five movements of Watercolours may be performed as a complete work, or they may be played separately. Part I draws upon the ringing sounds of the metallic instruments of the gamelan in a bright introduction that leads into an evocative lontano section, before the bright opening material returns. Part II is music of a darker hue, with but a fleeting promise of sunlight (un poco luce del sole). Part III opens with brisk flourishes
and flowing textures that unfold to reveal a tuneful pentatonic melody. The music rises to a bright climax before the opening flourishes are recalled and the music very gently fades away. Part IV is tranquil and reflective, drawing upon the reverberant sounds of wind chimes and birds. There is an expressive inner melody against a background of sympathetically vibrating strings. Part V is a lively finale which contains a calm middle section in slow tempo. This then builds to a more energetic tempo and the lively music of the introduction brings the work to its conclusion.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grades 8 - A.Mus.A


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