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People of this Place : bass clarinet solo

by Felicity Wilcox (2016)

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Performance by Jason Noble, Stephen Adams from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 75.

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Work Overview

People of this Place deliberately blends western musical idioms with sonic references to an imagined pre-colonial world, to describe a sense of place around Sydney.

Originally this work was a response to the presence of the Conservatorium - an institution for western musical learning - in Sydney Cove, ancestral country of the Gadigal people, but it equally reflects my experience as a woman from the greater Sydney region living with an awareness that the lands I love and have always inhabited are Aboriginal lands. I chose the bass clarinet for its enormous range and ability to evoke different sound worlds on one instrument and within one piece. I use many techniques heard in both western music and traditional Aboriginal music: drones, pitch bends, multiphonics, vocalisations, circular breathing, rhythmic and percussive techniques, and apply them to this agile, orchestral instrument. Adding to these sounds, I incorporate extended techniques such as key clicks and slap tongue, harmonic trills of variable pitch, microtones and flutter tongues.

D'harawal man Gawain Bodkin-Andrews was consulted on how this work considers Indigenous spaces and perspectives as a non-Indigenous musical expression of place. Research was conducted over a 2-year period with Australian clarinetist Jason Noble to develop approaches to multiphonics and other extended techniques. Thank you to both for their generosity.

In creating and offering this piece for performance I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Bass clarinet.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Includes extended techniques

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

First performance: by Ros Dunlop — 13 Oct 16. Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Gadigal Country)

The work incorporates multiphonics, extended techniques.

Also referred to in some sources prior to 2020 as 'Yurabirong'.


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People of this place

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Performances of this work

2 Apr 2022: at Absolute music by composers of film music. (17 Callan St (house concert)). Featuring Ros Dunlop.

9 Feb 2022: at Songbirds (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

28 May 2020: at WomenNOW - Musicians at Home (Live streaming event (online only) - US). Featuring Paul Demers.

27 May 2020: at Ensemble Offspring (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Jason Noble.

2 May 2020: at Jason Noble streaming live (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Jason Noble.

24 Jan 20: 'Musical Ecologies,’ Network for New Music, The Discovery Center Philadelphia, USA

23 Jan 20: 'Musical Ecologies,’ Network for New Music, The Discovery Center Philadelphia, USA

12 Jan 20: 'Birdsong at Dusk', Sydney Festival, Q Station Manly. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

16 Aug 2019: at Birdsong at Dusk (Wollongong Town Hall). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

31 Jul 2018: at Ensemble Offspring (Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School (Ashfield)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

12 Aug 2017: at Women in the Creative Arts - conference recitals (Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music). Featuring Ros Dunlop.

3 May 2017: at CIMF 2017: Half the Sky (National Portrait Gallery). Featuring Jason Noble.

12 Mar 17: featuring Ros Dunlop.

11 Mar 2017: at PLACE: Concert 2 (Articulate (gallery)). Featuring Ros Dunlop.

2017: Royal College of Music London and Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, UK. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

13 Oct 16: Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Gadigal Country). Featuring Ros Dunlop.

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