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Distant Shore, A
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Ghosts of Reason
Going Into Sh ..
I Am Black
I Am Writing...
In Tempore Stellae
Journey to Horse..
Lines Drawn Fr..
Meaning of Water
Once upon a time
Quicksilver Ser ..
Song of Songs
Sound Lur and...
St Peter's Suite
Stick Dance II
Stick Dance III
Symphony No. 1...
Symphony No. 2...
Symphony No. 3...
To the evening...
Tonic Continent (2000)
This work for violin, cello and piano was written for The Griffith Trio.
The work opens out from a hushed opening and although less than ten minutes
in duration is expansive in mood. The words I would best use to describe
the piece are hovering and anthem-like: 'hovering' in the suspended harmony
which is always tied to low, rich bass notes in the piano, and 'anthem-like'
in its transparently tender mood and the hymn-like passages that dominate
much of the writing. I owe the title, Tonic Continent, to a former student,
who used the phrase, 'continents of tonic' to describe the emotional effect
that comes from the slow movements of harmony in my Symphony - In Tempore
Stellae. I like the idea of slow moving continental plates as symbolic
of a type of inexorable tonal motion. Writing the work in the London gloom
in early Spring 2000 that remembered vastness seemed to me to represent
Australia, the tonic continent. The piece was commissioned with funds
from the Australia Council for the Arts.
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