Sheet Music: Score
The sands o' Dee : a symphonic sketch for light orchestra / by Frederick Hill.
by Fred Hill (1987)
This work is based on a poem by Charles Kingsley (of Water-Babies fame) about a young girl who, sent out to fetch her father's cattle from across the Dee estuary, is lost in the mist and drowned by the incoming tide. The poem is reproduced in The Thurber Carnival, and is enlivened by the quirky illustrations of the American humorist James Thurber. A bus trip across the central tablelands of New South Wales in winter evoked the bleak landscape of Northern England. It is in a single movement with frequent thematic linkages. The final section recalls the elegiac final couplet
"But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home
Across the sands o'Dee.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score
Difficulty: Advanced — Some divisi in upper strings. Exposed horn solos.
Duration: 8 min.
The form of the work, I think, recalls Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, particularly the climactic "death-blow" and final elegy.
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
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