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Program note: Scott McIntyre's "Cenozoic"

  • © Scott McIntyre
  • Source: Produced for and provided by Melbourne Composer's League

Scott McIntyre studied clarinet and French horn at the Victorian College of the Arts in
orchestral performance and composition from 1988-90 before he studied with
Brenton Broadstock, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music in music composition
at the University of Melbourne.


During his time at Melbourne University he was acknowledged in 1991 with a Highest Commendation in the Paul Lowin Orchestral Award for his Symphony No.1 . Also in that year saw the performance of his Even the Sea for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra and his Symphony No.2 for Chamber Orchestra. He attended the National Orchestral Composers School in 1993; the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performing Infinity Has No God under the direction of David Porcelijn. He has worked as a writer/producer for the Melbourne electronic outfit PSX which employed both dance music and orchestral influences and in 1998performed an electro/acoustic work, Hybrid Intelligence for 11 improvised performers and live electronics at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. With much experience in
orchestral performance, he shows confident orchestration while adhering to strict architecture in his music. He is interested in the planned detail and development of melody and harmonies to create a modern polyphony that fuses his interest in medieval music through to orchestral music of the 20th and 21st centuries.


He is currently working on his Symphony No.3 and a Double Percussion Concerto for Speak
Percussion for his Masters Degree at the University Of Melbourne.


This collection of songs has been written in a style similar to that of Anton Webern.
They are serial in structure and are intended to be non-programmatic songs with the
text derived from a cut and paste approach to syllables rather than whole words. The
Cenozoic Era is the most recent of the three classic geological eras and covers the
period from 65.5 million years ago to the present. Each song has been labeled after
each of the seven epochs that make up the era and the syllables used have been
derived from the names of each stage of the epochs.


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