Bright birds and sorrows : for soprano saxophone and string quartet
by Ross Edwards (2015)
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Instrumentation: Saxophone, 2 violins, viola, cello, clapping sticks (or claves).
Duration: 25 min.
Contents note: I. Sanctus -- II. Songbird 1 -- III. Lullaby -- IV. Songbird 2 -- V. Lament for the Sacred Earth -- VI. Laughing Dance.
Written for: Amy Dickson
Commission note: Commissioned by Kim Williams.
Composed especially for the saxophonist Amy Dickson, who premiered it with the Elias String Quartet during the 2017 Musica Viva Festival in Sydney. After the premiere I experimented with some cuts and revisions, resulting in a 2019 version which is now replaced by the present one.
Revised in 2021.
- Has as subject/About: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
6 Mar 2021: at Adelaide Festival 2021 - The Hermit of Green Light (UKARIA Cultural Centre). Featuring Flinders Quartet, Michael Duke.
4 Mar 2021: at Adelaide Festival 2021: Pierrot Lunaire - Sex & Madness (Adelaide Town Hall).
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