Indian Pacific : for symphony orchestra
by James Ledger (1996)
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From the CD 2002 Education Program
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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!
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
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Performances of this work
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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