• Ross Edwards
  • Etymalong (1984)

  • Wise Music G. Schirmer Australia Pty Ltd (World)

Programme Note

Etymalong, a Koori word meaning ‘watering place’, is also the name of the mountain overlooking the village of Pearl Beach at the edge of Brisbane Water National Park, north of Sydney. Etymalong is the last piece I composed during the seven years I lived there with my family and I think of it with nostalgia as a farewell to that intensely fertile period of my life which left a definitive stamp on my music.

Composed especially for the pianist Sally Mays, Etymalong belongs to what has become known as my Sacred series: musical contemplation objects simply but rigorously constructed from material which recalls and symbolises sound patterns from the natural world.