SHIMMERING BLUE
(duration ~ 5:00)
3333 4321 perc (4) timp piano harp str

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Program note –
Shimmering Blue is a response to an invitation by the WASO to compose a short concert opener for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 75th birthday celebrations. In keeping with the spirit of the occasion, the work is optimistic in nature & is fuelled by a persistent rhythmic impetus in 6/8. Stylistically it draws upon my experiences as a film composer & also early compositional experiences writing fanfares for circus. The language is brash, playful & unashamedly melodic. Tonally it revolves around the use of “blues” notes & scales. Shimmering Blue is the description used by my father to describe the tone of the WASO’s principal clarinettist of the 1940’s Percy Newton.