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Djilile : for chamber orchestra

by Peter Sculthorpe (1986, this version: 1996)

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Performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn, Sue-Ellen Paulsen from the CD fifth continent

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Work Details

Year: 1986, this version: 1996

Instrumentation: 2 oboes, cor anglais (may be played by clarinet), contrabassoon (optional), 2 horns in F, percussion (1 player), strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Djilile is partly based on an adaptation of an Aboriginal melody collected in Arnhem Land in the late fifties by A.P. Elkin and Trevor Jones. The title means 'whistling-duck on a billabong'.


Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Djilile"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work

Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Djilile"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work

Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Djilile"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work

Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Djilile"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work

Resonate article: Synergy and Grainger Quartet by Australian Music Centre

Kit: Sculthorpe : an icon of Australian music / music resource kit by Graeme Skinner


Performances of this work

7 Jul 2016: at Sydney International Piano Competition: preliminaries (Verbrugghen Hall).

11 Dec 2015: at ACO: Vasse Felix Festival (Vasse Felix). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra.

30 Oct 2015: at ACO Uluru Festival (Ayers Rock Resort). Featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra.

11 Oct 2015: at Remembering Sculthorpe (Reardon Theatre). Featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska, Rachel Johnston.

7 Aug 2015: at AFCM: Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 5 (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska.

24 May 2015: at Askill Percussion Duo (Chatswood High School Hall). Featuring Anna Zeltzer, Robert Oetomo.

23 May 2015: at Sydney Marimba Weekend (Chatswood High School).

30 Nov 2014: at Ashley Hribar and special guest Rachel Johnston (Wayville House Concerts). Featuring Ashley Hribar.

18 Nov 2011: at Lunchtime Recital - Eric Christopher Perry and Bronwyn Blaiklock (Oddie Room, Art Gallery of Ballarat). Featuring Bronwyn Blaiklock.

16 Sep 2011: at Brighton to Bondi (Sydney Town Hall). Featuring Elizabeth Scott, Sydney Philharmonia, Brett Weymark.

9 Jul 2011: at Ruthless Jabiru at the City of London Festival (Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's). Featuring Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady.

9 Apr 2011: at Overlander (Castlemaine Uniting Church). Featuring Overlander.

31 Jul 2010: at Sunset Series (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Synergy Percussion.

22 May 2010: at Sculthorpe & Spain (Fitter's Workshop). Featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska.

5 Oct 03: Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Featuring John Williams.

2 May 95: Purcell Room, London.. Featuring Fretwork (Musical group).

7 Mar 90: Adelaide Festival of the Arts.. Featuring Synergy Percussion.

12 May 89: Basil Jones Theatre, Brisbane. Featuring Stephen Savage.

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