Joyful Encounters

By Stephen O'connell

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Concerto for saxophone and orchestra.

After many previous visits to this area this composition was written from 12-19 August 2018 in and around Illara, a sacred Aboriginal Site in the western desert region of Central Australia. It is owned by Luritja people and located on Tempe Downs Station, south west of Alice Springs in the West MacDonnell Ranges.

There was lot of water around that year and the land was looking better than I’d ever seen it. We had been told that there had been a big cull of feral animals such as cattle, brumbies and camels.

There were thousands of birds, including the usual suspects such as zebra and bull finches, pied butcher birds, eagles and magpies. Curiously, I didn’t spot any crested pigeons until seeing a flock of them at the abandoned station as we departed. Normally, they are everywhere.

This made a huge difference to the health of the land and profoundly influenced my writing.  SO'C

Composed 2018

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    ISMN 9790720231648

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