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Sydney singing : for oboe and piano

by Peter Sculthorpe (2002)

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Sydney singing : for oboe and piano / Peter Sculthorpe

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Work Overview

This work lovingly describes my feelings about certain well-known places in Sydney. It makes references to popular music and its five movements, all very straightforward are motivically related. The movements are: Prelude, From Bondi Beach, At Circular Quay, From Kings Cross, and Postlude.
Following the Prelude, the second movement, the longest, is concerned with lazy days spent at Bondi Beach. The third movement begins and ends with night sounds on water, its central section suggesting music floating across from the Opera House.
In the fourth movement, I recall a time in my youth, when I lived in Kings Cross writing music for the theatre. A part of 'The Last Post' is used in this movement, referring to the El Alamein Fountain. Bringing the work to a close, the Postlude refers to earlier material.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Oboe (or violin or clarinet in B flat), piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: 1. Prelude -- 2. Bondi Beach -- 3. Circular Quay -- 4. Kings Cross -- 5. Postlude.

Dedication note: Written especially for Nicholas Daniel and Julius Drake

Commission note: A joint commission from the festivals of Cheltenham and Sydney.

First performance: by Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake — 6 Jul 02. Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, [UK]


Performances of this work

6 Jul 02: Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, [UK]. Featuring Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake.

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