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A Feather of Blue


Grenfell, M, A Feather of Blue, Self, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, pp. 9 (2013) [Repeat Performance]

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"A Feather of Blue "takes its title from a phrase in a poem called "A View From A Window" by New Zealand writer Kevin Ireland. I have always admired the wry humour and brightness of Kevin Irelandís writing and many years ago set three of his poems for soprano and mixed ensemble. As a kind gesture Mr Ireland sent me a copy of his book of poems "Skinning A Fish", and I was particularly struck by the imagery of colours, flowers, feathers and birds in this poem, which illustrates rain pouring down a window pane and giving way to a burst of sunshine after a storm. The piece uses a melody that I derived from a chant and originally used in an earlier piece but felt it was more suited to the piano trio combination in this work. The expansive melody appears in a somewhat fragmented form at first, giving way to a livelier section where the cello plays guitar-like chords alongside an isorhythmic exchange between violin and piano. The music builds up to a virtuosic climax before sighing with relief and a return to the opening textures. "A Feather of Blue" was commissioned in 2000 by the New Zealand Trio, and is recorded on their album "Spark".

Item Details

Item Type:Repeat Performance
Keywords:music composition
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Music composition and improvisation
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Grenfell, M (Associate Professor Maria Grenfell)
ID Code:106127
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2016-01-30
Last Modified:2016-02-03

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