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Sextet for didjeridu and wind instruments (sextets: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, didjeridu, horn)

by George Dreyfus (1971)

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Performance by Adelaide Wind Quintet, George Winunguj from the CD Chamber & orchestral music

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Chamber & orchestral music / George Dreyfus.

Library shelf no. CD 128 [Available for loan]

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Sextet for didjeridu and wind instruments / George Dreyfus.

Library shelf no. Q 785.4316/DRE 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

A couragious piece to write, even if it was never my idea. At the time, there was hostility to the concept of blacks and whites making music together with sensitivity of encroaching on the blacks sacred cultural territory and the inevitable "it can't be done" that came from the traditionalists. All this was mainly because it had never been tried before. I went ahead all the same as I needed the money and needed to accept all commissions that came my way.

I did feel that the invitation was very special especially as I knew very little about aboriginal music or australian folk music. Surprisingly, the Rush TV series came along 3 years later. Be open-minded, this never worked from fixed positions and came from the result of my survival strategy over all these years.

It seems to have worked, I'm still here!

Work Details

Year: 1971

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, didjeridu.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Musica Viva Society of Australia.

First performance: by George Winunguj, Adelaide Wind Quintet — 3 Oct 71. Canberra Spring Festival

Analysis

Article: Scored in black and white
by Gordon Kalton Williams — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 14 April 2005, pp.14

Article: Musician's festival honour
© News Limited
Source: Source: Herald-Sun, 9 May 1999, pp.19

Book: Being George : and liking it!, reflections on the life and work of George Dreyfus on his 70th birthday.

Book: A music education kit for senior students / George Dreyfus.

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Performances of this work

24 Jun 2011: at ANAM: Fifth Breath (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)). Featuring William Barton, Musicians of the National Academy of Music.

3 Oct 71: Canberra Spring Festival. Featuring George Winunguj, Adelaide Wind Quintet.

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