This Earthly Round (Redux) : for alto saxophone and piano
by Miriama Young (2014)
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This Earthly Round was written as a musical response to
climate change-deniers who choose to ignore scientific evidence
to the contrary and continue to set policies that exacerbate
The music attempts to capture a sense of planet Earth's beauty, fragility and vulnerability. The 'round' slowly corrodes, becomes weaker and less hospitable, until the piece concludes with a bleak apocalyptic view of our possible future habitat.
This is our earthly round - a musical round;
Our joyous, brief moment of habitation;
On a fragile sphere known as Planet Earth, held in the balance.
The piece is dedicated to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, prepared piano.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by HD Duo.. Commission supported by the Australian Government through the Council on Australian Latin America Relations (COALAR), an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
First performance: by HD Duo — Mar 14. The North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Illinois, USA
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Climate change, minimalism, unequal temperaments,Jack Body, John Cage, J.S. Bach.
- Has as subject/About: Environmental themes
Performances of this work
28 Sep 21: Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
3 Nov 15: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa, USA. Featuring Ann Bradfield.
9 Oct 15: Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT. Featuring HD Duo.
29 Aug 15: St John’s Southgate, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC. Featuring HD Duo.
25 Aug 15: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW. Featuring HD Duo.
8 Aug 15: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, WA. Featuring HD Duo.
15 May 15: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, QLD. Featuring HD Duo.
Mar 14: The North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Illinois, USA. Featuring HD Duo.
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