Dayspring: a sudden multicolour eclipse

Andrew Robson (Composer)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputComposition


This is an up-tempo, (mostly) diatonic melody in (mostly) 7/8. Inspired by Eastern European folk dances and the composer's many years of working with Australian musicans Mara and Llew Kiek.

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, bass clarinet (easily adapted for any two melody instruments). The addition of drums and/or guitar or piano could also be easily accommodated.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Requires the ability to improvise over chord changes in odd meters
First performance: by Andrew Robson, Paul Cutlan — 27 Jan 2018. Sydney Improvised Music Association, Sound Lounge, Sydney
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
All recorded works by MARA! (ensemble led by Llew and Mara Kiek), Traditional folk dances from Eastern Europe, Ivo Papasov and his Bulgarian Wedding Band.

This original musical composition generates new knowledge by revealing the ways in which compositional methods can facilitate the expression of affinity cluster idioms (Robson, 2020) through the careful management of orchestration, sectional structures, and instrumental pairing patterns.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Australian Music Centre
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2018


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