Duration: 3½ minutes
Programme note Rainforest Toccata was composed in 1987 and reflects two sources of inspiration. One is the echoing acoustic and atmosphere of the ‘Devil’s Coachhouse’ near the entrance to the Jenolan Caves in New South Wales, at the start of that lovely walk through the bush where one can watch rock wallabies at dusk. The other general inspiration is the sounds and scents of Australian rainforests; the piece’s central dancing toccata section was probably most marked by a magical afternoon listening to a forest of bellbirds on the escarpments of the NSW Central Coast.
Publisher details Wirripang www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/wendy-hiscocks