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Sydney singing : for solo clarinet and chamber orchestra

by Peter Sculthorpe (2002, this version: 2003)

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Four Winds Festival 2006.


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Four Winds Festival 2006.

Version: This product features the Oboe with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 1794 [Available for loan]

Sydney singing


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Sydney singing : for solo clarinet and chamber orchestra / Peter Sculthorpe.

Library shelf no. 784.32862/SCU 1 [Available for loan]

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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, this version: 2003

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, percussion, harp, strings.

Duration: 17 min.

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

Written for: SBS Youth Orchestra

Commission note: This arrangement was made especially for the SBS Youth Orchestra, upon a request from its conductor, Matthew Krel.


Performances of this work

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

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