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My Canberra

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My Canberra : Symphony No. 2 / Marian Budos.

by Marian Budos (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, trumpet in C, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (5 players), 2 harps, piano/celesta, strings.
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    Performance by Canberra Youth Orchestra, Rowan Harvey-Martin from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 68.


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I got quite excited when I was approached by Rowan Harvey-Martin early last year to write a new composition for the CYO to celebrate the 100 years of our capital. Initially, there were a few different versions of this piece 'on the table', including one with a choir and narrator, but in the end, I decided to write a symphony with triple woodwind and brass, six percussionists, two harps, piano, celesta and extended strings. Similarly, the title of the piece had evolved and many different versions were considered in the process of writing it. Close to the finishing of the first movement, I finally settled on the name of the symphony (inspired by Smetana's 'My Country') and the titles of the four movements:
1) The First Time I saw You ; 2) Under Your Spell ; 3) Could This Be Love? ; 4) Where Do We Go From Here?

Sounds like a love affair? Well, in a way it is. We all experience a range of emotions for the places we live in, just like we do in a relationship with another person - be it love, hate, frustration, excitement, disappointment, happiness or any other. It is all in this piece.

I hope listening to it, you will be inspired to reflect on your own relationship you have with the place you call home.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (49p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — suitable for a youth orchestra with AMEB 7-8 onwards

Duration: 24 mins

Contents note:

1. The first time I saw you  -- 2. Under your spell  --  3. Could this be love?  --  4. Where do we go from here?

Commission info: Commissioned to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra

First performance by Canberra Youth Orchestra, Rowan Harvey-Martin at Centenary Dreaming (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music) on 30 Nov 2013

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720169-03-3

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 68.
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