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A song for Neilma : for tenor recorder and string quartet

by Peter Sculthorpe (2010)

Work Overview

This work was lovingly commissioned by Marigold Southey as a gift for her sister, Neilma Gantner. Certainly it was written with much love. It is fitting that it was commissioned especially for the 2010 Four Winds Festival, for performance by my friends Genevieve Lacey and members of the Flinders Quartet. The work is dedicated to Neilma. It is a tribute to her from my heart.

I chose to write the solo part for tenor recorder, for me the most expressive of the instruments of the recorder family. A Song for Neilma begins quietly, with suggestions of the musical material that follows. This consists of a long melody mostly for recorder, accompanied by Balinese-like figurations in the second violin. I often use such figurations in pieces that suggest Australia's coastal waters, as this does. The first violin and viola add counterpoints to the melody and the cello part is punctuated by sounds of seagulls. Following a statement of the melody by the first violin, the recorder brings the music to its close.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Tenor recorder, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Neilma Gantner

Commission note: Commissioned by Marigold Southey.

First performance: by Genevieve Lacey, Flinders Quartet — 4 Apr 10. Four Winds Festival, Four Winds Amphitheatre, Bermagui

Performances of this work

8 Mar 2021: at Adelaide Festival 2021 - Dust (UKARIA Cultural Centre).

20 Oct 2019: at Flinders Quartet "Translations" (Montsalvat Barn Gallery). Featuring Flinders Quartet, Genevieve Lacey.

16 Oct 2019: at Flinders Quartet: Translations (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Flinders Quartet, Genevieve Lacey.

15 Oct 19: Collins St Baptist Church, Melbourne, VIC. Featuring Flinders Quartet, Genevieve Lacey.

7 Aug 2014: at Ray Golding Sunset Series - Strings + 1 (St Joseph's Church). Featuring Genevieve Lacey.

7 Aug 14: AFCM, St Joseph's Church, Townsville, Queensland. Featuring Genevieve Lacey, Dene Olding, Michele Walsh, Irina Morozova, Julian Smiles.

4 Apr 10: Four Winds Festival, Four Winds Amphitheatre, Bermagui. Featuring Genevieve Lacey, Flinders Quartet.

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