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Indian Pacific : for symphony orchestra

by James Ledger (1996)

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From the CD 2002 Education Program

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2002 Education Program / Sydney Symphony.

Library shelf no. CD 857 [Available for loan]

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Indian Pacific : for symphony orchestra / James Ledger.

Library shelf no. Q 784.44/LED 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Composed in 1996, Indian Pacific is my first orchestral work - the title referring to the train journey across Australia of the same name.
I wrote the work, ironically enough, when I was living in London and it may have been borne from a third-party perspective of life in Australia if not genuine homesickness.

Indian Pacific is built around an unrelenting chugging quaver rhythm that remains constant for most of the piece. It is scored for the usual orchestral forces but also includes piano and a large variety of percussion instruments. Amongst these is a small length of railway track that is played with metal beaters for that authentic train-spotting experience!

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (both doubling piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Youth orchestra.

First performance: 11 Jun 99. First performed by the Perth Modern School Senior Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Gillam, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth

Performances of this work

28 May 2014: at MSO Meet the Orchestra (Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.

11 Jun 99: First performed by the Perth Modern School Senior Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Gillam, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth

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