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Belah Sun Woman

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Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw


Subtitle: A project piece for developing band


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: I-II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: GIA Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $34.95; (digital) - $34.95


Movements

1. Belah the Warrior Sun Woman – 0:55
2. In the Beginning of Time – 0:55
3. Kundu, Lizard Man – 1:40
4. Battle! – 2:00
5. Light the Earth – 3:00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Bass Guitar
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Belah Sun Woman is a work in five movements that is inspired by an Indigenous narrative not attributed to any specific people, that tells of the birth of the sun.

The first movement paints the character of the fierce antagonist with a battery of percussion. The second movement sets the scene, describing a world with little light. There is much fear and tension amongst the people who live at this time; this movement features the brass section. The third movement presents the protagonist, a much loved, heroic personality whose character is peppered by joyous woodwinds in triple meter. In the fourth movement, there is a battle between our two main characters. Hear this, as you will: a fight for freedom, a confrontation for truth, or a struggle to gain peace. This movement features the percussion section and allows them to improvise and explore the colors of their instrument.

The fifth and final movement brings the whole band together and contains many independent lines. This movement brings our narrative to a close and is inspired by the vision of the first sunrise on Earth.

Each movement is interspersed with a series of sequential lesson plans, activities, and games to build the students' musical skills necessary to perform this work.

- Program Note by publisher


Belah Sun Woman is an evocative five-movement work for developing band that uses a variety of body percussion, spoken word, and traditional instrumental sounds to create a highly original work. Described by Frank Battisti as "...not 'just another piece' but a significant musical- educational addition to the repertory," the programmatic work draws from the Australian aboriginal Dreamtime story of Belah the warrior Sun Woman.

- Program Note from The Horizon Leans Forward


Commercial Discography


Media Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Blackshaw, J.; Battisti, F. (2014). Belah Sun Woman: A Project Piece for Developing Band [score]. GIA Publications: Chicago, Ill.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 267.
  • Belah Sun Woman website Accessed 1 January 2021