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Gallipoli : for string quartet

by Ross Edwards (2013)

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Gallipoli : a tribute.

Library shelf no. CD 2630 [Not for loan]



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Work Overview

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 Egypt.

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.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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

11 Mar 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

7 Mar 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

5 Mar 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

1 Mar 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

26 Feb 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

20 Feb 2015: at ASQ: Remember tomorrow (Government House Ballroom, Perth). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

19 Feb 15: Albany Festival, Western Australia. Featuring Australian String Quartet.

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