by Peter Sculthorpe

First Performance
March 1986, Hungary, Budapest: Sonya Hanke

Score 0-571-51726-9 on sale (as part of Three Pieces for Piano)

Programme Notes
Djilile for piano (1986) Djilile is based upon an adaptation of an Aboriginal melody collected in northern Australia, in the late 1950s by A P Elkin and Trevor Jones. The title means ‘whistling-duck on a billabong’. I have a special fondness for this melody, having used it in the string work Port Essington (1977), and more recently in the orchestral work Kakadu (1988), the solo ‘cello piece Threnody (1991) and the piano trio Dream Tracks (1992). I made this piano arrangement of it, with additional material, simply for my own pleasure, and perhaps for the pleasure of others. Peter Sculthorpe

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