INTO THE SUN

Commissioned by the Western Sydney Public School Concert Band for PULSE 2013.
Grade 3~4.

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Where do

I buy it?

This piece is now published with 'Brolga Music'.
To order in Australia, please contact any of the following retailers:
 
Fine Music (Victoria)
Future Music (Victoria)
Brass Music Specialists (Qld)
Engadine Music (NSW)
For all other orders, please contact Brolga Music.

Experiencing More than Just Notes on a Page

Caron L. Collins, Ph.D. 

 

Jodie Blackshaw understands that there is more to a performance than merely replicating notes on a page.  Music is a creative force that encompasses emotional connections to the turmoil and triumph in people’s lives.  Through understanding these connections, music making is lifted to a higher level of expression and a deeper aesthetic experience for the musicians and the audience.  Our SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band participated in such an experience through the enhanced rehearsals and an informative performance of “Into the Sun”. 
 
Our study of the piece was enriched through utilizing the resources provided in the score.  The historical perspectives and personal stories of the immigrants seeking refuge in Australia allowed us to understand the various sections of the piece.  Visiting the website links with videos and photos from this period in history helped us to relive the immigrants’ travels. We were so inspired that we even had a special didgeridoo constructed and performed with the piece in our Spring 2014 Informance.
 
Jodie joined us via Skype, during our “Informance” by sharing the significance of her piece through demonstrations and narrations with our band. 
 
I encourage band directors everywhere to invest in the time for this deep musical experience with their own bands.

Score sample via Brolga Music

Tuba-ridoo

Øystein Baasdvik making his instrument sound like a didgeridoo. This effect is used in the opening & closing passages of

"Into the Sun".

Experience the piece

Mute the sound on the YouTube clip and play the recording of 'Into the Sun'. This visual collage was not created to accompany "Into the Sun" but it is an excellent introduction to what the piece is about. Enjoy!

Real stories that inspired this piece...

Helen Simanowsky from Ukraine

Arrived in Australia in 1948 

CLICK HERE TO READ HER STORY

 

Jacqueline Giuntini from Holland

Arrived in Australia in 1955 

CLICK HERE TO READ HER STORY 

 

Rozalia Cetinich from Slovenia

Arrived in Australia in 1949 

CLICK HERE TO READ HER STORY
 

Yuol Akoy Yuol from Kenya
Arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2005 

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS STORY

  

Michael Gawenda from Poland

Arrived in Australia in 1950 

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS STORY

  

Arthur Hill from Poland (Jewish)

Arrived in Australia 1947 

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS STORY

The Lagerphone is a percussion instrument used in both 'Into the Sun' & 'Terpsichorean Dances'.

Check it out! (things may get a little silly...)

 
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