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sands o' Dee

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The sands o' Dee : a symphonic sketch for light orchestra / by Frederick Hill.

by Fred Hill (1987)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones (tenor and bass), timpani (at least 3), percussion (1 player), strings.
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    Performance by Carl Hammond, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra from the CD Selected compositions 1972-1990


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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.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Judith Harpur (partner d.1987)
Commission info: Commissioned by Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

First performance by Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Hammond — 4 Nov 90. Ravenswood Girls High School, Wahroonga, NSW

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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Selected compositions 1972-1990
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