Updated: Sep 7, 2018
Talk Out Loud is a non-profit organisation that provides harm prevention initiatives, activities and programs targeted primarily at young people under 30 and their families. Mary, who runs the organisation, wrote the play 41 Seconds and with a cast of members of Talk Out Loud and trained actors has developed a production for the Adelaide Fringe. There's a great ABC article about the show here.
Mary also asked me to write music for the show.
One of the requests we talked about was the development of something akin to a Viennese waltz, a short piece of music of 30 to 45 seconds. When she asked if I could do something like that I replied quicker than my brain could answer and said 'YES' emphatically.
However, I was not aware at all if I could. I wasn't fully aware of the context of the scene and upon reflection didn't really know what a Viennese waltz was. I mean I know Strauss but The Blue Danube definitely didn't go for 45 seconds.
I ended up writing five different waltzes (of varying levels of Viennese) and from those drafts the above was chosen. A simple, romantic but sorrowful couple of measures that I was quite happy with. I then cleaned it up a little and it was ready to go.