People of this Place : bass clarinet solo
by Felicity Wilcox (2016)
Performance by Jason Noble, Stephen Adams from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 75.
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People of this Place deliberately blends western musical idioms with sonic references to an imagined pre-colonial world, to describe a sense of place around Sydney.
Originally this work was a response to the presence of the Conservatorium - an institution for western musical learning - in Sydney Cove, ancestral country of the Gadigal people, but it equally reflects my experience as a woman from the greater Sydney region living with an awareness that the lands I love and have always inhabited are Aboriginal lands. I chose the bass clarinet for its enormous range and ability to evoke different sound worlds on one instrument and within one piece. I use many techniques heard in both western music and traditional Aboriginal music: drones, pitch bends, multiphonics, vocalisations, circular breathing, rhythmic and percussive techniques, and apply them to this agile, orchestral instrument. Adding to these sounds, I incorporate extended techniques such as key clicks and slap tongue, harmonic trills of variable pitch, microtones and flutter tongues.
D'harawal man Gawain
Bodkin-Andrews was consulted on how this work considers
Indigenous spaces and perspectives as a non-Indigenous musical
expression of place. Research was conducted over a 2-year period
with Australian clarinetist Jason Noble to develop approaches to
multiphonics and other extended techniques. Thank you to both for
In creating and offering this piece for performance I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people.
Instrumentation: Bass clarinet.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Includes extended techniques
Dedication note: Dedicated to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
First performance: by Ros Dunlop — 13 Oct 16. Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Gadigal Country)
The work incorporates multiphonics, extended techniques.
Also referred to in some sources prior to 2020 as 'Yurabirong'.
People of this place
Starts at 12m13s
- Influenced by: Indigenous music
Performances of this work
24 Jan 20: 'Musical Ecologies,’ Network for New Music, The Discovery Center Philadelphia, USA
23 Jan 20: 'Musical Ecologies,’ Network for New Music, The Discovery Center Philadelphia, USA
12 Jan 20: 'Birdsong at Dusk', Sydney Festival, Q Station Manly. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.
12 Mar 17: featuring Ros Dunlop.
2017: Royal College of Music London and Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, UK. Featuring Ros Dunlop.
13 Oct 16: Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Gadigal Country). Featuring Ros Dunlop.
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