Photo: Katia Beaugeais’s Like Snowdrops You Will Shine premiere by Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine for string orchestra features Australian nature sounds to create a calm and peaceful quality to help reduce the stress and anxiety felt by patients and their families in hospitals.
For this special project Katia Beaugeais met the dedicated staff and courageous patients during a residency at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
ACO Collective/Hush 18 ABC Classics CD
Sample score or direct download
Score/Parts published by the Australian Music Centre
Concert Program Note
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine (2018)
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine for string orchestra refers to the delicate white snowdrop flowers that symbolise hope, optimism, courage and new beginnings for the young people who are facing a challenging situation in hospital.
The stylistic character of my piece is inspired by a musical activity with the young people during my residency at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, where we composed, played and improvised over a pentatonic scale. Like Snowdrops You Will Shine is based on a set of pitches of a pentatonic nature that evolve into a series of variations to form the main musical material.
The aim of my piece was to create a work that could have a calming effect in the hospital environment and serve as a distraction to reduce the stress and anxiety during treatment and rehabilitation. Opening with a delicate and playful ‘snowdrop’ pizzicato motif bouncing around the ensemble, shining melodic colours and thick, warm chordal harmonies create an uplifting and positive ambiance. Soothing seagull harmonic glissando sounds enhance a calm and meditative atmosphere.
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine is also dedicated to the doctors, nurses, volunteers and administrative staff whose compassion, kindness and encouragement we could not do without.
Through my music I hope to provide some comfort for patients and their families in hospitals.
© 2018 by Katia Beaugeais
16 + 17 September 2018 – ACO Collective Sydney & Melbourne CD Launch Concerts
Broadcast live on ABC Classic FM