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Helter skelter

Sheet Music: Score

Helter skelter : for orchestra / Paul Stanhope.

by Paul Stanhope (2003)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani , percussion (2 players), piano, harp, strings (half the double basses should have C extensions if possible).
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Helter Skelter was commissioned by Phillip and Phyllis Huthnance for the Sydney Symphony's Education Program in memory of their son Craig, and as a celebration of his life. Craig lived life to the full and was a young man of tremendous energy. He was a keen cricketer who played in District representative teams, State Indoor, Penrith grade, and first grade club cricket in the Penrith Nepean District. A reference to cricket shots can be heard in the percussion instruments in the beginning of the work.

The energetic nature of the piece was inspired by Craig. The music is sometimes cartoon-like, with short motives spinning around and being tossed from one part of the orchestra to the next (hence the title!). A central, more melodic section begins with a longer version of the melody in the violins. This builds to a tumbling version of the material in inverted and augmented form. A short reflective section gives space for solos from the cello, horn and cor anglais, and a moment or two to look back on Craig's life, before hurtling again headlong towards its energetic climax.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (21p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional orchestra or high level youth orchestra

Duration: 4 mins, 30 sec.

Dedicated to Craig Huthnance

Commission info: Commissioned for the Sydney Symphony's Education Program

First performance by Sydney Symphony — Jan 04. Trackdown Studios, Sydney

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67300-139-8

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K-Secondary 2004 Education Program
CD: K-Secondary 2004 Education Program / Sydney Symphony.


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