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Sleepers Wake, Karalananga – Andrew Schultz
Sleepers Wake, Karalananga for solo piano was composed for Tony Gray in
2003. It is a short piece based on two excerpts from the cantata, Journey
to Horseshoe Bend. The cantata is to a text by Gordon Kalton Williams
based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by TGH Strehlow.
The novel depicts the journey across Central Australia that the young
Strehlow made with his mortally ill father, the Hermannsburg missionary
Carl Strehlow, in the 1920s.. The cantata incorporates the Bach harmonisation
of the Lutheran hymn ‘Wachet Auf!’ (or ‘Sleepers Wake’)
throughout and draws on Aranda, German and English language texts.
This piano piece is comprised of two excerpts from the larger work. The
opening and closing sections of the piano piece are drawn from the first
part of the cantata, and depict a recollection of Hermannsburg and the
arrival at Karalananga – a mountain seen from the dry bed of the
Finke River – and a realisation of its mythical importance. The
middle section is dance-like and is drawn from the third part of the cantata
where the sudden arrival of storm rain symbolises a joyous transformation.
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