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Ode to Damascus

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Ode to Damascus : for flutes, clarinet, violin, cello and piano / May Lyon.

by May Lyon (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo/alto flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello, piano.

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A tribute to both the past and present of Damascus, a place that is considered to be the oldest continually inhabited city on earth and has seen the rise and fall of many great empires.
The first half shows two sides of life in Damascus that have been present throughout millennia: loss through war, alternating with the bustling city itself. Loss is imagined as a woman singing a lament, walking from the desolate outskirts and eventually merging with the city, her voice rising into a cry. The city is busy, constantly moving and changing.
The second half is water, in reference to Damascus' location close to the Barada River and the many streams that flowed from this river into the city. For centuries Damascus was a beautiful green oasis, however various modern changes have affected this, so that the river no longer feeds the city during drought.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (42p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

Contents note:

I. Lament & Metropolis -- II. Water.

Commission info: Commissioned for Melbourne Recital Centre / University of Melbourne with the support of Majlis Pty Ltd

First performance by Syzygy Ensemble — 11 Aug 16. Melbourne Recital Centre

Part for the pianist is a copy of the full score.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2019.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Ode to Damascus


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