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Gum tree country : for a cappella SSAA choir and quartet of chorister soloists (SSAA)

by Matthew Orlovich (2003)

Work Overview

Reflects on the impact and awe-inspiring nature of the Australian bush-fires.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: SSAA solo quartet, SSAA choir.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Waratah Girls Choir with funds provided by Australia Council.

A variety of writings by Australian authors were consulted when compiling the text of the work, such as poetry of Judith Wright and Frieda Hughes, excerpts from Douglas Stewart's play "Ned Kelly", Ashley Hay's novel "Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions", and words and images used in the media at the time of the 2001- 2002 New South Wales fires.


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