Gallipoli : for string quartet
by Ross Edwards (2013)
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Gallipoli was commissioned by the Ian Potter
Foundation's Cultural Trust in 2013 to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of ANZAC. It received its first public performance on
February 19 2015 by the Australian String Quartet as part of the
Albany Festival, Western Australia. Albany was the final port of
call for the troopship carrying the Australian Infantry Forces to
The music ranges between the sorrowful, drone-based questioning with which it begins and a graceful tenderness. There are outbursts of contained anguish, consolatory moments which draw briefly upon harmonic idioms of the period, until finally, an ethereal violin melody wanders heavenwards - still seeking an answer - and eerily evoking the spirits of fallen soldiers floating over the Dardanelles Peninsula.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 11 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
First performance: by Australian String Quartet — 19 Feb 15. Albany Festival, Western Australia
Performances of this work
19 Feb 15: Albany Festival, Western Australia. Featuring Australian String Quartet.
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