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.
The text to this piece about the devastation of land wrought by mining is written by Oodgeroo Noonuccal. This is Song 8 from Joe’s larger work, Australian Song Cycle. This piece will also be available soon for SATB, piano and cello. Contact SingScore for more information.
(The purchased PDF contains a separate part for piano as well. Print out the pages that you need. Contact SingScore if you would like a package deal for purchasing multiple songs from Joseph’s Australian Song Cycle.)