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Willow bend, op. 50 : full orchestra

by Andrew Schultz (1994)

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Performance by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ron Spigelman from the CD Dream children

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Willow bend, opus 50 : for orchestra / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. 784.2/SCH 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Willow Bend was originally composed in 1994 for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. It was originally scored for full orchestra but has also been arranged for strings alone for the Steel City Strings in 2004. The piece was recorded as a companion piece to my arrangement of Brahms' lullaby, Wiegenlied, on the ABC Classics disc, Dream Children. The ABC had asked me to compose music suitable for inducing sleep in infants having heard that I had a baby on which to practice my technique (my son Konrad, born February 1994). The piece celebrates - very quietly - the dawn walks Konrad and I would take around the neighbourhood. Konrad was a restless sleeper and early waker and the bumpy motion of the stroller would put him to sleep. The walks often ended in the Botanic Gardens in Wollongong on a bench at a beautiful spot marked with a plaque as 'Willow Bend'.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (both doubling piccolo), oboe, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani (doubling percussion), 2 percussion, piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written for: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC.. Commissioned by ABC.

Analysis

Extract [Audio]: Willow Bend Op.50 (excerpt) by Andrew Schultz
Perf Ulster Orchestra Cond. David Porcelijn © BBC
BBC Radio 3

Performances of this work

12 Aug 2015: at Ulster Orchestra & BBC Radio 3 (Ulster Hall (Belfast, UK)). Featuring David Porcelijn, Ulster Orchestra.

2 May 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (Kangaroo Valley Community Hall). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

18 Apr 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

17 Apr 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (Blackheath Community Hall). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

15 Apr 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (St Matthew's Anglican Church (Windsor)). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

11 Apr 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (Turramurra Uniting Church). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

10 Apr 2010: at Lurline Chamber Orchestra (Randwick Town Hall). Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

Apr 10: Annandale, Sydney. Featuring Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

8 Mar 2009: at Mountains, Forest, Sea: Music For Strings (St Stephen's Church, Newtown). Featuring Bourbaki Ensemble.

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