'Successfully evoking his native landscape, Hindson employs Australian, Aboriginal and popular styles, even nodding to thrash and death metal inthe shrieking opening. Ossia indications keeps Yandarra accessible to p layers of all abilities which, along with the provision of orchestral and solo tuning accompaniments, should ensure its swift acceptance into the repertoire.' (Double Bassist) 'It is a one-movement tone poem full of colours and descriptive narrative...it is easy to conjure up images ofthe great Australian outback, especially the stark harshness, but also great beauty.' (Bass News) 'Yandarra is an expressive work that carries the player and listener on a journey across and expansive Australian soundscape.' (ISB). 'I can probably count on one hand the number of Australian pieces written for double bass so it was surprising to meet the English bass soloist/teacher David Heyes who told me about Yandarra. David is also the man behind Recital Music, his own company which commissions and publishes new works for double bass. The aboriginal word yandarra roughly translates as 'place of storms', and Hindson explains that he wrote this piece 'with images of desolate, windswept landscapes in mind, harsh in places yet with great beauty and integrity.' The form of the piece seems to follow this description. A savage and aggressive solo bass opening is followed by a 'tender almost mournful' eight bars. The main body of the work is rhythmic and pulsating with the bass at times imitating a didgeridoo. Hindson acknowledges the influence of Australian composer (and former bass player) Peter Sculthorpe. Having recently been involved in recording a complete CD of Peter Sculthorpe's orchestral works with William Barton on didgeridoo, Yandarra seems to me unmistakably Australian. Yandarra was written in 1998 for Sydney bass teacher Diana Ford with funding from the Australia Council. There are sections where the composer suggests the soloist plays an octave higher and the parts come witha choice of a solo tuning or orchestral tuning piano part...' [Ken Pogg ioli - STRINGENDO - Australian String Teachers Association
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