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Crowning Dance : piano trio

by Natalie Williams (2020)

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Work Overview

The Crowning Dance movement illustrates the bushfire phenomenon of "crowning"
when fire flames reach the tree tops and rapidly jump between the crowns of adjacent trees. This fast flame movement across the tree canopy leads to unpredictable, flying and leaping wildfires that burn with speed across a vast area.
This movement presents a fast-moving rhythmic pattern in the piano part, above which the violin and cello parts fly in ascending melodies, leaping across the harmonic top of each piano chord, the same way a fire leaps across the tree canopy. Offshoot flame gestures and rapidly ascending melodic patterns paint an aural picture of the crowning fire, in a short dance movement of relentless speed.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Written for: Muses Trio

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Fresh Start Fund.

Written as part of 'Fire Dances', a suite for piano trio, collaboratively written by eight Australian women composers, once from each state and territory. The suite was commissioned through the support of a Fresh Start Grant, funded by ABC Classic during 2020.


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