Toward Takayna : Concerto for 2 guitars
by Nigel Westlake (2021)
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In 2019, environmentalist Bob Brown escorted my wife Janice and I on a five-day road tour of the Tarkine, which is known as Takayna by the First Nations custodians of this place. Toward Takayna is my musical response to this journey - a musical acknowledgement of this rich and delicate environment and perhaps a way for me to hold its enchanting beauty in my hand.
Additionally, Toward Takayna is informed by my long-term desire to write a work for my two dear friends Slava and Leonard Grigoryan. Some of the musical material for the work has been developed from 'Six Fish', and there is an allusion to 'Hinchinbrook Riffs' - a piece I composed for Slava - in the final movement.'
Instrumentation: 2 Guitars, piccolo/alto flute/flute, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players: 1: marimba, triangle, 5 temple blocks, crotales, bass drum, suspended crash ; 2: vibraphone, suspended crash cymbal, suspended splash, wind gong, tambourine, triangle, snare drum), harp, celeste, strings (220.127.116.11.2).
Duration: 20 min.
Commission note: funding provided by Andrew & Renata Kaldor and the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award
First performance: by Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake at ASO: Nigel Westlake and Grigoryan Brothers in Concert (Festival Theatre - Adelaide Festival Centre) on 24 Apr 2021
Performances of this work
24 Apr 2021: at ASO: Nigel Westlake and Grigoryan Brothers in Concert (Festival Theatre - Adelaide Festival Centre). Featuring Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake.
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