People of this Place : bass clarinet solo
by Felicity Wilcox (2016)
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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'.
Resonate article: Uncovered Ground by Felicity Wilcox
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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