You Can’t Put Out the Flame is a suite in three pieces for junior string ensemble. The work was premiered at the Lake Bolac Eel Festival and is a response to the ancient landscape of the small town of Lake Bolac in western Victoria, its large freshwater lake forged by volcanic activity millennia ago.
Prior to colonisation, for tens of thousands of years Aboriginal clans gathered at the lake on Djabwurrung country.
For Vaughan, the title ‘You Can’t Put Out the Flame’ also refers to the ‘flame’ which ignites the spirit and survival of Australian Indigenous peoples. ‘Gondwana’ is marked largamente and suggests the expansiveness and stillness of the early supercontinent Gondwanaland; ‘Earth Fire’ is slightly more challenging in an alternating 3/8 2/4 metre and represents the heat and energy of the molten rock under the earth’s crust; and ‘Volcano’ is in 12/8 and using mostly quaver notes depicts the exhilarating story of a volcano erupting. The three pieces can also be performed separately.Fullscreen Mode
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3 Violins (or 2 violins and one viola)
3 Cellos (or 2 cellos and one viola)
Doubling, tripling, quadrupling etc of parts is invited and encouraged.
How do I use my music from the Flexible Ensemble Series?
This work for mixed ability players is suitable for a string ensemble or small orchestra using at least two violins, one violin/viola, two cellos and one cello/viola as the base. ‘Gondwana’ is in 6 parts, ‘Earth Fire’ is in 3 parts, and ‘Volcano’ is in 4 parts. Doubling, tripling, quadrupling etc. of parts is invited and encouraged.
All you need to do is assign parts to the players in your ensemble while ensuring you have a satisfactory balance and blend of instruments.
The Flexible Ensemble Series gives you the opportunity to mix and match parts to suit the young musicians in your ensemble.