Joe writes: After eight years living and working in the USA, I returned to Australia in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning to the natural beauty of south east Queensland was not only soul nourishing. My works so often draw on my love of beaches, forests, sunsets and other natural wonders – even in LA where I enjoyed stunning West Coast sunsets and frequent Pacific swims. The stunning rainforest and beach at Burleigh Heads wasn’t the only inspiration for this work. Working with my father, Jack Twist, a former English teacher, we explored how our unique natural environment and flora and fauna were expressed by our most celebrated poets, from Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson to Judith Wright, Michael Leunig, Les Murray and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.
Sunrise on the Coast is Song 1 of his larger work, Australian Song Cycle. A glorious and ecstatic poem of a moment of beauty.
The PDF of this piece includes a separate piano score (as Joe writes a lot of notes for piano!) Print off the pages that you need. This song will also be available with added cello soon. Contact SingScore for more information. (Let us know also if you would like a package deal for purchasing multiple songs from his Australian Song Cycle.)