Icarus : for solo piccolo and orchestra
by Harry Sdraulig (2019)
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Icarus was written in 2019 for Lloyd Hudson and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
The structure of this tone poem is inspired by the famous Greek mythological tale of Icarus and his master craftsman father, Daedalus. Both were imprisoned in a tower by King Minos. Daedalus' resourcefulness led him to collect bird feathers and wax for the purpose of creating wings for both he and Icarus to escape the tower. On the day of their escape, Daedalus warned Icarus of both complacency and hubris, urging him not to fly too low lest his wings became damp nor too close to the sun otherwise the wax in his wings would melt. Icarus ignored his father's advice and, revelling in the ecstasy of flight and his newfound powers, flew too high and eventually plunged to his death.
Instrumentation: Solo piccolo, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.
Duration: 11 min.
Contents note: I. Labyrinth -- II. Invention -- III. Flight -- IV. Plunge -- V. Epilogue (Five sections of a continuous single movement).
APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2020 Finalist (Work of the Year: Large Ensemble).
- Inspired by: Mythology
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