The Great Green Way: Sunrise at Cairns

Salisbury, David (2011) The Great Green Way: Sunrise at Cairns. [Composition]

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Abstract

This is a choral composition based on a poem by Nancy Francis titled Sunrise at Cairns. The piece is scored for SATB and piano accompaniment.

Research Statement

Research Background This composition came about due to a request from a music director of a local high school to create a piece for his choir based on the North Queensland region. After researching poetry that focused on North Queensland I settled on a poem by Nancy Francis that featured Cairns as the subject. This is the first of a several movement piece titled “The Great Green Way” that is the section of the Bruce highway from Townsville to Cairns.
Research Contribution I used a modern harmonic approach in this composition to avoid a more diatonic sounding harmony. This is based on George Russell’s Lydian Chromaticism that works from a modal orientation and does not follow a typical harmonic resolution formula. The piece employs various textural approaches as well from concerted with all voices singing in homophony to duet with background vocals.
Research Significance As there are few choral works that explicitly centre on North Queensland this composition represents a valuable contribution to the narrative of life in the Australian tropics and also ties in with one of James Cook University four main research themes: Peoples and Societies in the Tropics. Cairns is an important icon for North Queensland, as well as being a tourist destination. Cairns marks the beginning of a journey to the nearly in accessible far north, where four-wheel drive is the only safe way to negotiate the treacherous route to the very top of Cape York. The poem describes what conditions one would encounter on an early morning in Cairns.
Item ID: 19917
Item Type: Composition (SATB Choral Piece with Piano Accompaniment)
Keywords: choral music, North Queensland
Media of Output: Online distribution
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 04:39
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