Composed: 2010 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Bassoon Chamber Music, Clarinet Chamber Music, Flute Chamber Music, French Horn Chamber Music, Oboe Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720137-00-1 Catalogue: RM1059
Level: B Country: Australia
Dawn Interlude is a short French horn solo extracted my song cycle Songs for the Shadowland (for soprano, winds and piano). This piece is not only a commentary on Oodgeroo Noonucal’s poem Dawn Wail for the Dead but also, in its own way, a personal gesture of sorrow for past wrongs perpetrated against Indigenous Australians.
The use of descending glissandi, the use of stopped notes and a ‘natural horn’ quarter-tone harmonic emphasize the mournful nature of the piece.