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My Canberra : Symphony No. 2

by Marian Budos (2013)

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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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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 68.

Library shelf no. CD 2766 [Available for loan]

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My Canberra : Symphony No. 2 / Marian Budos.

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2013

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.

Duration: 24 min.

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

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 note: Commissioned by Rowan Harvey-Martin, Canberra Youth Orchestra.. 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


Performances of this work

30 Nov 2013: at Centenary Dreaming (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Canberra Youth Orchestra, Rowan Harvey-Martin.

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