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Wilga’s Last Dance : Last melody of the area : Flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

by Nardi Simpson (2019)

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Performance by Royal Australian Navy Band from the CD Women of Note

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Wilga’s Last Dance : Last melody of the area / Nardi Simpson.

Library shelf no. 785.5414/SIM 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Wilga's Last Dance refers to the only traditional Yuwaalaraay melody ever recorded. Yuwaalaraay composer Nardi Simpson explains that "The piece is about that last melody, about how can we keep breath in that. And to remember Fred Reece, the person that held onto it and kept it for us. So that we can know that song, that language and a bit about that ceremony, and bring life to it in a new way."

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ngarra-Burria.


Wilga's Last Dance


Performances of this work

5 Dec 19: Studio 200, ABC’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney. Featuring Royal Australian Navy Band.

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