My Twentieth Century
Martin Bresnick’s ensemble piece My Twentieth Century reflects, at times whimsically and reflectively, on the troubled century passed - a century of terrible conflict but also great discovery and renewal. In musical terms, this troubled century covers an enormous expressive range from the late Romanticism of Elgar’s expansive Piano Quintet, through to the wit and neoclassical spark of Ravel’s violin and cello duo, reflected back by another witty and argumentative duo by the American Elliott Carter, whose life spans the twentieth century. And at the heart of the century – and indeed in the heart of Australia’s musical life – is Peter Sculthorpe’s Irkanda IV, in a special arrangement he made for the Australia Ensemble. This threnody written in memory of Sculthorpe’s father etched out a new musical language which defined the beginning of Australia’s post-war era in musical terms, and is a fitting memorial for our much-loved colleague and friend.
Featured non-Australian music: Bresnick, Carter, Elgar
Featured Australian Works
|Irkanda IV : flute with string quartet by Peter Sculthorpe|
— performed by Australia Ensemble
- Performer Australia Ensemble
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