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Midnight loon (quintets: flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello)

by Caerwen Martin (2017)

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Work Overview

The inception of this piece occurred in 2003 when I sat on a lake in Ontario and heard the haunting call of the Common Loon. Midnight Loon was written in response to a recording of this bird which I found in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on the Macaulay Library website. My thanks to the Macaulay Library for the use of this recording.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — ensemble, extended techniques

Written for: Syzygy Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Macedon Music.. Commissioned as part of the Glen Johnston Commissions Project.

First performance: by Syzygy Ensemble at The Glen Johnston Commissions Project (Lowland Farm (Mt Macedon)) on 15 Oct 2017

Winner of the 2017 Macedon Music audience prize (the Glen Johnston Award).


Performances of this work

4 Jun 2020: at Syzygy Ensemble: Our Australian Legacy (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

10 Jul 2018: at Claire de Lune (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

15 Oct 2017: at The Glen Johnston Commissions Project (Lowland Farm (Mt Macedon)). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

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