Summer Beckons

Music of Sally Greenaway
Commissioned by Thea Zimpel

Summer Beckons captures the beauty of the leafy growth in a walled garden:

...in Summer the walls are covered with blossoms and buds and tendrils reaching...

The piece was written as a response to Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'. Several composers were commissioned by Thea Zimple to create a song cycle bringing to musical life the text of Hoffman's poem (with poetry and music interwoven with narrator and music ensemble).

The introduction and middle sections evoke the shimmering of water fountains. The music expands with a vivid and joyful wonder as the vine tendrils twirl, seeking their next grip hold as they face their leaves towards the warmth of the sun: the beauty and bounty of Summer growth!

The original scoring of this work was for flute and piano, but the composer has also re-worked the music violin and piano.

Category: HSC & Education; Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Woodwind instruments;
Instrumentation: Duo: Clarinet & Piano
Year: 2016
Work duration: 3min
Difficulty/level: Advanced
Category: HSC & Education; Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Woodwind instruments;
Instrumentation: Duo: Flute & Piano
Year: 2014
Work duration: 3min
Difficulty/level: Advanced
Commissioned by: Thea Zimpel as part of a group commissioning project to create a new song cycle consisting of works by established and emerging Australian composers. Each composition combined to create a song cycle inspired by Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'.
Category: Dramatic Music; HSC & Education; Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments;
Instrumentation: Duo: Violin & Piano
Year: 2015
Work duration: 3min
Difficulty/level: Advanced

Versions of this work appear in these recordings

Summer Beckons
Sally Greenaway
Released 2022

Performed by Barbara Jane Gilby and Sally Greenaway

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