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Essay : full orchestra

by Robert Hughes (1953)

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performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Myer Fredman (conductor)
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Essay : for orchestra / Robert Hughes

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Work Details

Year: 1953

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: For Juan Jose Castro

First performance: by Juan Jose Castro, Victorian Symphony Orchestra — 31 Oct 53. Melbourne


Program note: Robert Hughes' "Essay"


Performances of this work

12 Feb 2009: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl (Sidney Myer Music Bowl). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Oleg Caetani.

31 Oct 53: Melbourne. Featuring Juan Jose Castro, Victorian Symphony Orchestra.

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