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5. Snow, Moon & Flowers: Sculthorpe


The grade eight piece does not fail in its complexity. From a performers perspective this piece requires a skill to produce an atmospheric performance. A performer with the skill to mentally create the required imagery, to transfer the aforesaid imagery to sound will produce a far greater realisation of the artistic influences the composer attempts to include. Additionally a skillful performance will be able to hold time almost as suspension awaiting the next resonance.

The educator will require the skill to guide a learner into a complete relaxation of shoulder to finger. There must be a familiarity with Pentatonic and Japanese modes that will be beneficial, and an understanding of Japanese art and Haiku will allow the performer to utilise the same influences that the composer intended.

The learner will benefit from a previous mastery of a sensitive touch, good pedal skills and an excellent imagination. This will allow the learner to benefit from the educators skill and experience opening the door to a successful performance.

Snow, Moon and Flowers provides a myriad of skills for the learner to grasp and only through the educators experience and demonstration abilities can these be passed on to the learner. Figure four shows an example from bar eleven and twelve that benefits from demonstration as opposed to discussion.

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Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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