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on air : dialogue for orchestra

by Elliott Gyger (2011)

on air

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on air : dialogue for orchestra / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/GYG 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work reflects something of the history and development of the ABC and the SSO. It was inspired by an early photograph of a 17-piece ABC studio orchestra, with an unusual instrumental line-up including six brass but just six strings. A chamber orchestra made up of these 17 instruments begins the work, later engaging in dialogue with a much larger group comprising the rest of the orchestra. in the closing section the original group falls silent; the orchestra which completes the piece is thuse entirely different from the one which began it.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Orchestra is divided into two groups throughout: Orchestra I (chamber orchestra): Piccolo, 2 clarinets in B flat, horn in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion (1 player), piano, solo violins 1,2,3, solo viola, solo cello, solo double bass. Orchestra II (large orchestra): 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 3 horns in F, piccolo trumpet, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (12-14, 10-12, 8-10, 6-8, 4-6).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy at Fireworks and Fantasy (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall) on 22 Mar 2012

Winner of the Sydney Symphony 80th Anniversary Composition Prize in 2012.

Analysis

Resonate article: Sydney Symphony 80th anniversary composition prize to Elliott Gyger by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

22 Mar 2012: at Fireworks and Fantasy (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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