Wendy Hiscocks

Composer Pianist

THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN (1990-5)

Duration 12 minutes
Prelude; Nocturne; Caprice; Finale (recomposed 2003)

Programme note This four-movement concert or ballet suite for solo piano, completed in 1995, was inspired by a magical chapter from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. In a scene far removed from the antics of Mr Toad, two of the animal characters journey through a summer night to the breaking of dawn, drawn on irresistibly by a mysterious glad piping to a vision of Pan, protector of all wild creatures. Prelude evokes twilight, punctuated by two small scherzo episodes for fluttering moths and wheeling bats; Nocturne paints the river as the moon gradually rises and sails overhead; Caprice brings first light, hints of a morning breeze, and the mysterious piping. The Finale blends the whispers of the wind in the reeds and Pan’s secret song to all creatures.

Publisher details Wirripang www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/wendy-hiscocks

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