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Work

Kalgoorli Silky Pear (solo piano)

by Elizabeth Sheppard (2020)

Audio Sample

Performance by Scott Davie from the CD Women of Note

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Work Overview

Kalgoorli Silky Pear is based on composer Elizabeth Sheppard's grandparents' experience of life in Kalgoorlie in the early 1900s, where they built a cottage and were very active in the community life of the time. 'My grandfather Gus worked as the Head Gardener of the Boulder-Kalgoorlie Council, and he designed and maintained the public gardens of Kalgoorlie at a time when water was very scarce. The Silky Pear grows in the Kalgoorli area. It has woody fruits with hard cases, that are designed to survive fire. Gus and his wife Emma bravely and cheerfully endured hard times in Kalgoorli, and like the strong Silky Pear, they passed on a beautiful legacy to their children and grandchildren.'

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Fresh Start Fund.. Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program

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