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Winter ground, op. 58 : for solo vibraphone

by Andrew Schultz (1998)

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Performance by Claire Edwardes from the CD Coil

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Coil : Australian music for solo percussion / Claire Edwardes.

Library shelf no. CD 1778 [Available for loan]

Winter ground


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Work Overview

Winter Ground is a ten-minute work for solo vibraphone. Belgium based Portuguese percussionist Miguel Bernat commissioned it with assistance from the Music Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts. He gave the first performance of the work in Rotterdam in Holland on a suitably icy night in January 2000.

The piece was the first I wrote after moving from Australia to London in 1997 and was completed in January 1998. It is, as the name suggests, based around a repeated harmonic passage or ground. The piece works out as a series of variations but I was attracted to the idea of variation-form serving as guiding principle in a more dramatically structured and dynamic form. Something I had employed in a work written shortly before Winter Ground, the Twelve Variations for piano duet. Winter Ground is quite contrapuntal and demands high levels of fluency and freedom of independent stick technique of the performer. The crystalline and cool sounds of the vibraphone have rich harmonics that create auras of sound.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Vibraphone.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Commission note: Commissioned by Miguel Bernat with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Miguel Bernat — Jan 00. Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam

Performances of this work

Jan 00: Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam. Featuring Miguel Bernat.

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