Approved Exam Music
Recommended for the following exam grade(s):
Grades: ATCL Certificate
“Anne Boyd at her best!”
Red Sun, Chill Wind is a real contrast to the other two pieces in this series. Whereas Bali Moods is energetic and Cloudy Mountain calm, this piece is stronger in nature. The flute uses techniques such as playing harmonics into the piano, glissandi, quarter tones, and harmonics alternating with tremolandi to weave its magic. The accompaniment often punctuates these textures with dissonant chords, but the writing here is also treble clef based, recreating the gamalan sound very effectively. This is Anne Boyd at her best!
From the Publisher
Red Sun, Chill Wind was commissioned for Geoffrey Collins, and the first performance was given by Geoffrey Collins with Nicholas Routley on Piano at the S.H. Ervin Museum and Art Gallery, New South Wales on 12th July 1981. The piece is based on a haiku by the famous Japanese poet Basho.
Performance duration (approx): 8'00"
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).