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Sheet Music: Score

Silva : percussion concerto / Mary Finsterer.

by Mary Finsterer (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in Bb, piano, violin, cello, solo percussion (vibraphone, 3 cymbals, 2 tom toms, DFC high gongs, G low gong, bow, various mallets).
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Silva derives from Latin, meaning forest, and provides the inspiration for this percussion concerto. With an aim to evoke different impressions of the forest, the work opens with an atmospheric ambience, giving a feeling of largeness through space and time. It looks out, as if to experience the forest through layers of branches and leaves, these represented by the whimsical, faster moving soft gestures of the woodwinds and string harmonics. The second section provides a stark contrast, introducing the earthy timbres of the tom toms set against the vibraphone, offering an impression of the forest from a completely different perspective. If the first section represents the leaves and branches and openness of the sky, then this section signifies the timber and soil that beds the forest, highlighting the percussion as other instruments interplay to create the harmonic layers.

The thematic material of the work relates to the idea of memory, where musical fragments from Tallis's Spem in alium and Schubert's Death and the Maiden are entwined in a recurring figure that characterises the opening and final sections of the work. The harmonic treatment of the work originates from these two quotes which are then developed as a result of my research into the Renaissance period.

The idea of the forest has always figured high in our collective consciousness. Through the stories we first heard as children, the forest plays on our imagination as a place of wonder, escape, danger and adventure. In many folk tales the forest is even seen as forbidden - a place full of mystery and shadows. In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, 'It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.' MF

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (62p. -- B4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional standard (conductor might be required)

Duration: 16 mins

Dedicated to Tasmin Cowling

Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance by Ensemble Offspring at Ensemble Offspring (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 23 Oct 2012

Includes programme note.

The composer notes the following influences, etc associated with this work:
Schubert, Tallis and the Renaissance period

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720145-44-0

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