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Swim the sliding continents

for string orchestra

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  5m

Year:  2012
Duration:  5m

Composer:   Louise Webster

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This work for strings was written in 2012 for the Westlake High Schools Chamber Orchestra. The piece was shaped by images of swimming, floating and drifting above lands/gulfs/chasms; the idea of moving with urgency and effort, and at other times being carried with the flow, or drifting and rising above it. While writing this work I happened to read 'Woman to Child', a poem by Australian poet Judith Wright, and was drawn to several lines in her poem:

"There moved the multitudinous stars,
and coloured birds and fishes moved.
There swam the sliding continents."

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Westlake High Chamber Orchestra conducted by mark Bennett, for performance in the 2012 KBB Music Festival.

Difficulty note

Good school or community string orchestra

Dedication note

to the Westlake Chamber Orchestra