New work premiere for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Hush Foundation
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine by Katia Beaugeais
ACO CD Launch Concert
7pm Monday 17 September 2018
Melbourne Recital Centre
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine for string orchestra has 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/Hush CD Recording
27 February – 2 March 2018
Trackdown Studios, Sydney
The Hush music collection transforms the environment through the use of carefully curated music from some of Australia’s foremost musicians and talents, and is now played in hospitals, homes and shared spaces across the globe.
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