Irkanda I : for violin alone
by Peter Sculthorpe (1955)
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'Irkanda' is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning a remote and lonely place, and this work is the first of a series of four pieces bearing this title. Irkanda I is in one movement, and in it, long, melodic lines and bird-sounds are contrasted with brittle, rhythmic sections. The opening melody follows three hundred and sixty degree contour of the hills around Canberra, where most of the work was written. It might be added that my use of bird-song stems from suggestions in the writing of the Australian composer and music critic, Henry Tate (1873 - 1926). Peter Sculthorpe
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB L.Mus.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Wilfred Lehmann
Performances of this work
9 Oct 2014: at Peter Sculthorpe - A Celebration of a Life with Music (Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts). Featuring James Cuddeford.
30 Jun 55: British Music Society Rooms, Melbourne. Featuring Wilfred Lehmann.
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