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In praise of sandstone : for voices, piano (4 hands) and percussion (6 players)

by Elliott Gyger (2012)

Work Overview

This work was written for performance in the New Hall at Sydney Grammar School, which is underground and partially dug out of the sandstone on which the city rests. The text is drawn from John Tranter's 2003 poem, a wry meditation on the myriad ways that sandstone underpins Sydney's history and present; strata of rock become metaphors for the passing of time and the layering of experience. The musical setting is similarly layered, with its multiple ensembles of voices and instruments.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: SMezATBrB soli, SSATBB choir, 6 percussion and piano (4 hands).

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — choral and percussion parts suitable for good high school performers; solo vocal and piano parts professional

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Grammar School.

First performance: by Song Company, Roland Peelman — 22 Mar 12. New Hall, Sydney Grammar School

Performances of this work

22 Mar 12: New Hall, Sydney Grammar School. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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