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Program note: Six Song Fragments

  • Damien Ricketson
  • Source: The Song Company A programme of New Works 18 October 1992

Six Song Fragments Damien RICKETSON (b. 1973)
Poetry: Douglas Stewart

Unlike the usual way in which I approach composition, which is taking a couple of
ideas and developing them into a piece, in this work I wanted an eclectic mix of six
simple ideas reflecting the diverse musical styles that I am interested in. I chose the
poetry of Douglas Stewart to do this because of the rich images of our landscape,
which also is diverse in nature.

Nodding Greenwood: Most traditional of the six.

ln the Rain: Vaguely influenced by Aboriginal music with the aspect of a drone,
and the overall downwards moving melody.

Still in the Rain: More rhythmic approach.

The Snow Gum: Experiment with parallel motion, a wall of sound which
gradually disintegrates into a solo line.

Cicada Song: I had to do it, I couldn't help myself, it was fun.

Spider-Gums: Static and atmospheric, never actually moves anywhere, slowly
slowly creates and releases tension.



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