Indian Pacific
James Ledger
Influence

Musicology

• Named after the
transcontinental train that
runs from Sydney to Perth
• Programmatic symphonic
wo...
Percussion 2 line
Rail line
Simple triple time
In unison
Syncopation

Idea A
Three note motive that
gradually expands into
a jaunty melody heard
against a repeated note
rhythm

Idea B
Soaring melody that
contrasts with Idea B
Accompanying
staccato quavers
element of
programmatic music

Here’s how this ide...
Horns 1, 2, 3, 4 play
melody comprising only
two notes creating the
impression of distance
and open spaces
Another element...
Idea E

Disjointed, angular motive involving triplets and
accompanied by stabbing brass chords
FOCUS QUESTIONS

Which instruments play the melody of Idea A?
Which instruments play the melody of Idea B?
What accompanim...
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A listening activity for stage 5 in Australian music. This slideshow includes score excerpts for better understanding and focus questions. It identifies the multiple recurring ideas.
Lesson suggestion: Print out a soundscape similar to what Audacity would produce and have the student label the ideas while listening to the soundtrack. This can incorporate technology into your classroom.

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Indian pacific - James Ledger Australian Music

  1. 1. Indian Pacific James Ledger
  2. 2. Influence Musicology • Named after the transcontinental train that runs from Sydney to Perth • Programmatic symphonic work for large orchestra, harp, piano and percussion instruments including a piece of railway line struck with xylophone mallets • Piece aims to capture spirit, excitement, romance and grandeur of its journey • Mixed meters • Dynamic rhythms often involving accented off-beats • Tonal center rather than a key • Dissonant chords of major or minor 2nd intervals • Use of orchestral effects (glissandos and muted brass etc.) and numerous percussion instruments for colour • Staccatissimo articulation • Uses motives that serve as unifying devices.
  3. 3. Percussion 2 line Rail line
  4. 4. Simple triple time In unison Syncopation Idea A
  5. 5. Three note motive that gradually expands into a jaunty melody heard against a repeated note rhythm Idea B
  6. 6. Soaring melody that contrasts with Idea B Accompanying staccato quavers element of programmatic music Here’s how this idea sounds modified in a later recurrence Idea C
  7. 7. Horns 1, 2, 3, 4 play melody comprising only two notes creating the impression of distance and open spaces Another element of programmatic music Idea D
  8. 8. Idea E Disjointed, angular motive involving triplets and accompanied by stabbing brass chords
  9. 9. FOCUS QUESTIONS Which instruments play the melody of Idea A? Which instruments play the melody of Idea B? What accompaniment is heard against this melody, what programmatic idea is suggested by this accompaniment? How is the violin and viola accompaniment to Idea D performed?
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