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This Earthly Round (Redux) : for alto saxophone and piano

by Miriama Young (2014)

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Work Overview

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 environmental problems.

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.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, prepared piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium

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.


Performances of this work

28 Sep 21: Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

12 Jan 2019: at US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium (Choral Room, George Mason University). Featuring Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins, Neil Qiang.

31 Mar 17: Moorhead State University, Minnesota, USA. Featuring Neil Qiang, Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins.

30 Mar 17: Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Central State University, Ohio, USA. Featuring Neil Qiang, Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins.

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.

24 Mar 15: University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA. Featuring Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins, Neil Qiang.

6 Mar 15: Studio Z, St Paul, USA. Featuring Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins, Neil Qiang.

Mar 14: The North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Illinois, USA. Featuring HD Duo.

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