Composer: Gordon Kerry

Etude

RM743 Etude Kerry FRENCH HORN
RM743 Etude Kerry FRENCH HORN

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RM743e Etude Kerry FRENCH HORN
RM743e Etude Kerry FRENCH HORN

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 2001 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: French Horn Solo
ISMN: 979-0-720109-14-5 Catalogue: RM743
Level: D Country: Australia

Etude

RM615 Etude Kerry VLA
RM615 Etude Kerry VLA

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 1999 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola Solo
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade AMUSA
ISMN: 979-0-720100-44-9 Catalogue: RM615
Level: D Country: Australia

Written during a Fellowship from the Australia Council, which I was awarded in 1999, my Etude for solo viola was composed for Esther van Stralen, who had given terrific performances of my Viola Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a few years before.

This piece, which exploits the wide range of tone-colours and technical effects of which she is capable, is very much for her. She is its dedicatee, and made many helpful suggestions about certain practical aspects. Moreover, the piece is built around a musical spelling of Esther’s name heard at the outset: E flat (‘es’ in German), C (from ‘ut’ – the designation of this note in solmisation), B (‘h’ in German), E and D (from ‘re’).

Prelude

RM626 Prelude Kerry GTR
RM626 Prelude Kerry GTR

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RM626e Prelude Kerry GTR
RM626e Prelude Kerry GTR

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 2001 Duration: 2 mins.
Instrumentation: Guitar Solo
ISMN: 979-0-720100-55-5 Catalogue: RM626
Level: D Country: Australia

Caritas

RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO
RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 2001 Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-54-8 Catalogue: RM625
Level: D Country: Australia

Like my Antiphon for solo viola, Caritas for Australian violist Sheelah Treflé Hidden to perform at the John Main Seminar held annually by the World Community for Christian Meditation, who commissioned the work. On this occasion the theme of the seminar was '‘The Spirit in the Desert', and it was held at St Ignatius, Riverview in Sydney in July 2001.

The work is based on the plainchant hymn Ubi caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love, there God is also), whose tune is heard in its entirety at the end of the piece. Before that, the work passes through a series of contrasting states, representing certain sounds - thunder, surf, bees and bells, and so on - which devotees of Krishna hear in their deepest meditative states as a sign of his presence.

Parardi

RM624 Parardi Kerry VLA/PNO
RM624 Parardi Kerry VLA/PNO

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 1988 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade AMUSA,
HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-53-1 Catalogue: RM624
Level: D Country: Australia

The Warlpiri people of Central Australia tell a story about a great rainstorm that travelled across part of their country, creating the features of the landscape, the plants, animals and people as it went.

Parardi (the Warlpiri word for rainbow) is a response to this story. The opening section is slow, with rather disembodied fragments of melody and rhythm - the calm, as it were, before the storm. The central section is fast and violent, with lots of irregular metres (bars of 5/16 and 7/16 for instance), ‘scrubbing’ on the viola and use of the percussive lower register of the piano. The final section is a transformation of the first, as you might expect in a (rainbow) arch-form: this time the fragments have turned into fully fledged melodies.

Parardi was equal winner of the Bernard Shore Prize Awarded by the Royal Over-Seas League, London in 1988. It was first performed by Marco van Pagee and Stephen McIntyre at the Melbourne Spoleto Festival in 1989.