Songs of sea and sky : for strings and optional didjeridu
by Peter Sculthorpe (1987, this version: 2003)
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Songs of Sea and Sky was inspired by a traditional dance song from Saibai, an island just south of Papua New Guinea, in Torres Strait. The song was collected on Saibai by Jeremy Beckett in May 1961.
Although some traditional Torres Strait music still survives in its original form, most of that heard today is strongly influenced by the religious music introduced by missionaries in the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, its themes are still predominantly of sea voyages, flights of birds and changes in sea and sky.
The work is in one continuous movement consisting of seven parts : Prelude, a somewhat dramatic saxophone solo; Saibai, a reworking of the traditional melody; Interlude, a second solo; Mission Hymn, a variation of Saibai; Dance Song, a rhythmic section based upon the material presented in the Prelude and Interlude; Lament, a second variation of Saibai; and Postlude, a brief coda. Following the climax, at the end of the Dance Song, the emotional content of the music culminates in the Lament. Here, the music yearns for the years before white settlement.
Year: 1987, this version: 2003
Instrumentation: Didjeridu, string orchestra.
Duration: 16 min.
Contents note: Prelude -- Saibai -- Interlude -- Mission hymn -- Dance song -- Lament -- Postlude.
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Performances of this work
3 Nov 2019: at Celebrating 90 Years of Peter Sculthorpe (Launceston Church Grammar School).
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