Songline Anthony Gilbert

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Duration
3 mins
Composed
2011
Published
2011
Categories

Solos, Duos & Trios Duos •• Solo Instrument and Piano

Instrumentation
1 Piano, 1 Double bass

Purchasing options

Score and part ISMN 57036-309-4 £14.00 Buy now

double bass and piano

Programme note

The late Bruce Chatwin has described the way in which Australian Aborigines memorise elaborate cross-country routes by chanting them in ‘songlines’.  This present three-minute journey is not quite as elaborate,  but the bass explores the territory laid out by a ground-line on the piano, burrowing beneath it and at a climactic moment dropping down a deep hole on the bottom string.  All comes out well in the end, with the bass showing it now knows the route.

Commissioned by David Heyes as part of the Fizz@50 Project.