Currawong at Black Hill
A ringing cry and a clumsy dance...
Grey currawongs can often be heard when walking the Adelaide Hills, their simple ringing cries echoing along the gullies. The Currawong on Black Hill is first heard far off in the distance, soaring to the cello’s long, wide-ranging melodic phrases. Then the flapping of its wings is heard and it alights on a nearby tree, and proceeds to jump around in its clumsy, puppet-like way to the sound of pizzicato. Then it flies off once more into the distance.
© David John Lang 2022
The recording above is of a live performance by Thomas Marlin at Stangate House in Aldgate (SA, Australia) as part of the ReClassified Festival 2022. Recorded by Antony Coppens.
This piece also exists in a version for solo violin.
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