Rainforest tocatta - Wendy Hiscocks

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A listening activity based on Rainforest Tocatta by Wendy Hiscocks. Suitable for Australian music topics for stage 5 or above. Has score excerpts and focus questions but unfortunately no audio.

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Rainforest tocatta - Wendy Hiscocks

  1. 1. Rainforest Tocatta Wendy Hiscocks
  2. 2.  Tonally based, using different scales and modes  Inspired by painters Turner and Lloyd Rees who explore colour and light
  3. 3.  1. 2. 3. Piano solo with three main sections Tranquil Light and running toccata, a brilliant show piece with a free improvised feeling Tranquil similar to first movement     Inspirations Echoing, acoustic and atmosphere of the Devil’s Coach House at the Jenolan Caves in NSW Sounds and scents of Australian rainforests Bellbirds on the escarpments of NSW central coast
  4. 4. Impressionism Musicology  Colourful  Use use of piano  Sustain pedal to blur sound  Use of chromaticism and modes  Use of tone clusters  Use of particular dissonant intervals to evoke an exotic setting of extremes of registers  Basic rhythmic units of this music run in groups of 3 beats  Either ¾ or 3/8  Waltz meters coexist with “out of time” groups that are sometimes beamed across bar lines
  5. 5. Focus Question 1. How is the effect of a dark, echoing cavern created in bars 1-7?
  6. 6. Focus Question 1. How does the music build to a climax in bars 3138, the end of the first section?
  7. 7. Focus Question 1. In what ways is the second section different from the first?
  8. 8. Focus Question 1. How are bellbirds suggested in this section?

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