Yesterday was a concert at the Estonia concert hall. The hall was full and Estonian Radio was broadcasting the event. Brett Dean’s “Fire Music” really impressed the public!
Fire Music was written in response to the disastrous “Black Saturday” bushfires of 2009. Brett Dean: “As part of my background reading while writing the piece, I studied the uses and restorative power of fire in Australian and other indigenous traditions. Fire was (and still is) used in Australia not only for land management purposes (controlled burning), and as an agricultural technique (fire-stick farming) but also as a significant part of indigenous ceremonial and cultural life, such as in Aboriginal smoking ceremonies.”
With the conductor Arvo Volmer at the rehearsal: