Big decisions : the Whitlam Dismissal, for wind quartet with recorded speech
by Robert Davidson (2001)
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Library shelf no. 785.814/DAV 1 [Available for loan]
In 1975, it was Time. Gough Whitlam headed the first Labour government in 23 years. Australia's most dramatic political moment happened only three years later, when the Governor General dismissed the government. Big Decisions looks back to Remembrance Day 1975 with music that frames broadcasts of that day. The music emphases the inherent melody in recorded voices of Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Sir John Kerr and a supporting cast of Paul Keating, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Sir Charles Court and others.
Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet in Bb/A, horn in F, bassoon, audio (played on CD, computer or substitute).
Duration: 17 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Some details are difficult - playing speech melodies is a complex task
Contents note: The Dismissal -- Kerr's Cur -- Lopping Heads -- Men That We Can Trust -- Remembrance Day -- Fair Play.
Commission note: Commissioned by Southern Cross Soloists.
First performance: Jul 01. Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Southern Cross Soloists
Speech-melody music, Cathy Lane, David Chopin, Frank Zappa, Glenn Gould, Henry Hey, Hermeto Pascoal, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Jamie Clark, Jason Moran, Jocelyn Pook, Jon Dimond, Luciano Berio, Mark Minnemann, Michael Daugherty, Michael Vincent, Pamela Z, Paul de Marinis, Paul Lansky, Peter Ablinger, Red Symons, René Lussier, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Scott Johnson, Sherre Delys, Steve Reich, Steve Vai, Sursiks, Trevor Wishart, Victor Woote.
Performances of this work
29 Aug 2009: at Corridors of Power (Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre).
Jul 01: Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Southern Cross Soloists
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