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Stings and Wings


Grenfell, M, Stings and Wings, Move Records, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1 piece (3 movements) (2021) [Minor Creative Work]

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Stings and Wings is a three-movement piece for solo marimba. Each movement is a musical picture of an insect. Stings and Wings was commissioned by percussionist Claire Edwardes, as part of a project to increase the marimba repertoire by women composers and aimed at advanced school-level difficulty. Along with several new pieces by Australian women composers, the project resulted in a guide for composers writing for solo marimba. The first movement, Jack Jumper, depicts a particularly poisonous ant that is native to Tasmania. Recitative-like passages with tremolo and chromatic scales feature in Dragonfly, creating an image of the insect that can fly vertically up and down like a helicopter, catching all its food in mid-air. The fast final movement, Moth Hunt, is based on music originally composed for the documentary film Quoll Farm, and its scene of Eastern quolls running around at night hunting the Tasmanian Corbie moth, which hatch on rainy nights, beating their wings as the quolls hunt them for a delicious night-time snack.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:percussion 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:147235
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2021-10-20
Last Modified:2021-10-28

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