Northern Lights
for clarinet and cello (2020)
duration: 10’
GRT • 226

score available soon from
Australian Music Centre

program note
1. luminous, radiant
2. serene, ethereal, timeless
3.
drifting away

This duo is written for my good friends Paul Dean and Trish O’Brien. Northern lights provide one of Earth’s beautiful ‘unearthly’ spectacles. A trick of science and nature, charged particles from the sun are trapped in our planet’s magnetic field, creating a beautiful spectrum of coloured light in dark skies. Most famously seen in the northern polar regions (such as Alaska, Iceland and Norway), the lights can also be seen in the far south in Tasmania and New Zealand. These three movements progress from illuminated radiant swirls to a serene ethereal timeless state, finally drifting away into the dark night.