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Lake moonrise, op. 94 : for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in A, vibraphone and cello

by Andrew Schultz (2013)

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Performance by Halcyon from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 44.

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Kingfisher : songs for Halcyon.

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Work Overview

Lake moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano voice, clarinet in A, vibraphone, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Halcyon

Commission note: Written for Halcyon for the Kingfisher project in 2013

First performance: by Halcyon at Kingfisher - songs for Halcyon (Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art) on 23 Oct 2013

This song is one of a collection of chamber works under the title Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon. The songs were gifts from the composers to celebrate 15 years of music-making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music.

A fabled bird identified with the kingfisher, the halcyon had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice. The composers took their inspiration from the word 'halcyon', each displaying their own unique voice in writing for singers and instruments. The 21 songs represent the cream of vocal composition in Australia and offer a lasting tribute to the relationships formed between Halcyon and the composers who have written for them over the years.


Lake moonrise - interview with composer Andrew Schultz

In this interview, composer Andrew Schultz talks briefly about composing his work for the Kingfisher: Songs for Halcyon project. One of a series of interviews recorded before the first performances and played alongside the pieces at their premieres in 2014.



Performances of this work

29 Mar 2014: at Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Halcyon.

23 Oct 2013: at Kingfisher - songs for Halcyon (Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art). Featuring Halcyon.

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