Spindrift : for solo harp
by Johanna Selleck (2008)
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Spindrift refers to the spray blown from the cresting waves of the ocean. In Greek and Roman mythology, Leucothea is considered the goddess of spindrift. Marcel Proust uses Leucothea as a metaphor for the mist that covers a young man's eyes when gazing upon a beautiful woman, and the eyes of sailors in love have been said to have 'spindrift' (the 'white goddess') in them. The piece unfolds organically from the single opening motive representing the first gentle swell of the waves. The waves return throughout the piece, giving rise to sprays of floating melody.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Included on the VCE syllabus. Approx. 7th grade AMEB.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jacinta Dennett
Commission note: Commissioned by Jacinta Dennett.
First performance: by Jacinta Dennett — 28 Sep 08. Third Australian Harp Festival, Australian National University, Canberra
Performances of this work
17 Jul 2016: at Her Beauty and Her Terror - Resonance Music Series (Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre (BACC), Brighton Town Hall). Featuring Jacinta Dennett.
30 Aug 2015: at The Melbourne Composers League presents ‘Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon: A Concert of New Chamber Music from Australia and China for Clarinet and Harp' (Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton). Featuring Jacinta Dennett.
28 Sep 08: Third Australian Harp Festival, Australian National University, Canberra. Featuring Jacinta Dennett.
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