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On Sutherland's grave

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On Sutherland's grave : for a cappella choir / Matthew Orlovich.

by Matthew Orlovich (1991)

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  • Instrumentation: SSATBarB choir.
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On Sutherland's Grave draws upon three distinct texts: 'Sutherland's Grave', from Selected Poems of Henry Kendall (Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1927) ; 'Journey to Birdsville Nov. 1966' from The Log and Field Book of Sir Russell Drysdale ; and 'Requiem aeternam' from Missa pro defunctis.

In composing the work, each of the three texts suggested its own unique musical treatment. Of particular significance to the overall work was the text of Henry Kendall's poem of 1860, which describes the wailful sea lamenting that Forby Sutherland, one of Captain James Cook's sailors, had been buried ashore shortly after the Endeavour anchored in Botany Bay in 1770.

Excerpts from Missa pro defunctis are used - at times, fleetingly- to complement the nature of the work, while at other times, I have introduced, by means of narration, whispering and humming, some extracts from 'Journey to Birdsville Nov. 1966', from The Log and Field Book of Sir Russell Drysdale, which describe the artist's observations of the outback and his thoughts upon visiting the 'Dig Tree' at Camp 65 of Burke's expedition.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (21p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 10 min.

First performance by The Song Company, Roland Peelman — 1992. For 2MBS FM (Sydney) live broadcast from Studio C, during Oz Music Week 1992

Includes programme note and song texts.

Highly Commended Work in 1991 2MBS FM Young Composers' Competition.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

ISMN: M-67300-702-4

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