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Antarctica : suite for guitar & orchestra

by Nigel Westlake (1992)

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Performance by Slava Grigoryan, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake from the CD Shadow dances

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Antarctica : suite for guitar and orchestra / by Nigel Westlake.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2784/WES 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: Amplified guitar, 2 flutes (1st and 2nd doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling alto flute), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat and A (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 4 French horns in F, percussion (1 player), timpani, harp, strings.

Duration: 23 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced/professional.

Contents note: 1. The last place on Earth -- 2. Wooden ships -- 3. Penguin ballet -- 4. The ice core/Finale.

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation for performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by the ABC Concert Music Dept. for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's tour of Australia as part of the ABC's 60th birthday celebrations in 1992.


Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26

Resonate article: Asia-Pacific Musics as an Impetus for Upper Primary Class Composition by Diana Blom and Anne Bischoff

Resonate article: Music of the Spirit: Research Abstracts by Aurora Festival

Video tape: Westlake lecture.

Kit: Out of the blue : music resource kit / devised by Kim Waldock.

Book: 2006 Australian composition resource kit.


Performances of this work

20 Apr 2016: at ASO: Classics Unwrapped (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Guy Noble.

20 Mar 2016: at Passion (The Q - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Matthew Withers, National Capital Orchestra, Leonard Weiss.

31 Oct 2014: at Sitsky (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Canberra Youth Orchestra.

2 Jun 2012: at TSO: White Continent (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Andrew Grams, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Slava Grigoryan.

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