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An Australian concert overture : full orchestra : youth orchestra

by Christopher Sainsbury (1985)

Australian concert overture


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An Australian concert overture / Christopher Sainsbury.

Library shelf no. 784.2192/SAI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Bursting with positivity, it is essentially an unapologetically melodic piece, full of rich counterpoints, and underscored by rhythmic drive from start to finish apart from one reflective middle slow section. 30 years later it's one of my favourite pieces.

Work Details

Year: 1985

Instrumentation: Flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player:triangle, tambourine, tubular bells), harp, strings.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — suitable for good community orch, good tertiary orch, or pro' group.

First performance: by ABC Sinfonia — Nov 86. Sydney Town Hall

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Style of orchestration is similar to British light music or American film music.

Winner James Hardie's Australian Young Composer 1986


Performances of this work

Nov 86: Sydney Town Hall. Featuring ABC Sinfonia.

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