Past Life Melodies was originally composed for acapella choir in 1991 and is dedicated
to Sarah’s father, John Hopkins. The choral version features harmonic overtone singing
and is frequently performed the world over. The composer’s version for strings also
includes the use of didgeridoo and 2 Harmonic Whirles. When spiraled through the
air at different speeds, each harmonic whirly plays pure notes from the harmonic
overtone series. Sarah writes; “Compostionally, I trust the power of the simple,
direct and heartfelt; and am guided by my intuition. The inspiration for Past Life
Melodies came from two soul songs which sang through me in 1988 & 1990. The opening
melody came to me during a time of deep grief and immediately it was a melody of
profound connection, known and remembered, as though it were a song from a past lifetime.
The aboriginal inspired chant sang through me in Darwin, as if there was an old aboriginal
woman chanting deep inside me.”
Sarah Hopkins is a unique Australian composer-performer, highly acclaimed for her
visionary music and inspiring performances for cello, harmonic overtone singing,
handbells, choir and the celestial harmonic whirlies of her own creation. With a
strong background and training in classical music, over the years she has moved into
the realm of holistic music and developed a very distinctive compositional voice.
Her solo, ensemble, choral and orchestral compositions demonstrate an expansive and
pure musical style which resonates with the space and energy of the Australian landscape
as well as the inner landscape of the human psyche. Her unique style of cello playing
embraces many new and ancient sounds including musical bird calls, deep earthy drones,
lush heartfelt melodies and the haunting rhythms of the didgeridoo which Sarah emulates
on her cello.
For more information please visit: www.sarahhopkins.com & www.harmonicwhirlies.com