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Morning star : for string orchestra

by Paul Stanhope (1992)

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Little morning star : for percussion quartet / music of Paul Stanhope.

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Library shelf no. CD 1052 [Available for loan]

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Morning star : for string orchestra / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 784.7/STA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Morning Star is the first in a series of three chamber pieces whose material is partly derived from Aboriginal clan from central Arnhem Land. This piece refers obliquely to a melody called "Morning Star" which is presented in a simple, song-like arrangement in the first movement, fragmented into insistent ostinatos in the second and subsequently transformed into a frenetic dance in 7/8 for the final movement. The use of this material is in no way an overt attempt to present something 'Australian' nor to represent Aboriginal culture: Morning Star, my first piece for ensemble, is a personal musical response to the rich tradition of indigenous music making in the Northern Territory.

Work Details

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: String orchestra.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Amateur/student orchestras.

Arranged upon request for the MLC School chamber orchestra

In 3 movements


Performances of this work

20 Feb 2021: at The Metropolitan Orchestra: String Fantasy (Petersham Town Hall). Featuring Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra.

22 Sep 2019: at Symphonic Sounds (Nowra School of Arts). Featuring Steel City Strings.

21 Sep 2019: at Symphonic Sounds (St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral (Wollongong)). Featuring Steel City Strings.

15 Sep 2019: at Symphonic Sounds (Chevalier College Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Steel City Strings.

3 May 2018: at CSO: Llewellyn Two (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Johannes Fritzsch, Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

2 May 2018: at CSO: Llewellyn Two (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Johannes Fritzsch, Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

26 May 2009: at Ironwood: Morning Star Quartets (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.

29 Oct 97: Victorian College of the Arts. Featuring Woof!.

1 Dec 92: Old Darlington School, University of Sydney. Featuring Contemporary Performers and Composers Fellowship Ensemble.

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