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The Compass : for large orchestra with solo flute and didgeridoo

by William Barton and Liza Lim (2006)

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Performance by William Barton, Sydney Symphony, Alex Briger, Rosamund Plummer from the CD Recent orchestra works

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Recent orchestra works / Liza Lim

Library shelf no. CD 1692 [Available for loan]



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The compass : for large orchestra with solo flute and didgeridoo / by Liza Lim.

Library shelf no. Q 784.24/LIM 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Solo flute (doubling piccolo and bass flute), solo didjeridu, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, clarinet in A, bass clarinet in B flat, contrabass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat (1st doubling piccolo trumpet), 2 trombones, bass trombone, bass tuba, percussion (2 players), piano, strings.

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gianluigi Gelmetti

Commission note: Commissioned by Bayerischer Rundfunk, Sydney Symphony with funds provided by Australia Council.

The work begins with a chant sung by the didjeridu player. The text was devised by Liza Lim in consultation with William Barton, translated from his ancestral language of Kalkadoon (Indigenous language of the Kalkadoon nation in the Mount Isa region of Central Queensland).


Article: Musical journey unending
by Matthew Westwood — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 2 March 2006 pg.12

Article: Lim's pulse of life
by Susan Shineberg — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: The Age, 21 April 2008 pg.15

Article: Windswept and interesting in its texture
by Peter McCallum — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2006 pg.23

Resonate article: Alchemical Journeys – Part Two: Liza Lim by Jane Gruchy

Resonate article: Ian Potter Music Commissions 2007 Fellowships by Australian Music Centre

Kit: The music of Liza Lim / music resource kit by Kim Waldock.


Performances of this work

2 Jul 2012: at Sinfoniekonzert (Stadtheater Bremerhaven (Germany)). Featuring William Barton, Stefan Tetzlaff, Städtisches Orchester Bremerhaven, Carin Levine.

12 Jan 07: Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich.. Featuring Christoph Poppen, William Barton, Carin Levine, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

28 Aug 06: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Alex Briger, Sydney Symphony, William Barton, Rosamund Plummer.

23 Aug 06: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Alex Briger, Rosamund Plummer, William Barton, Sydney Symphony.

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