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Sound lur and serpent, opus 98

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Sound lur and serpent, opus 98 : for brass and percussion [eScore] / Andrew Schultz.

by Andrew Schultz (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: 8 French horns in F, 2 trumpets in D, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani (4 drums), percussion (4 players).
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    Performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 48.


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Sound lur and serpent is a short work that taps into the mythology and drama of brass and percussion and their use to signal, warn and celebrate. The work was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson, for the orchestra's 2014 tour of China. Sound lur and serpent was composed during a period as an artist in residence at the Cité International des Arts, Paris, in April 2014.

Sound lur and serpent,
Strike drum and gong.
Fire breathes to swallow,
Flee, while flee you can.

In 2010 I came across the wonderful collection of ancient musical instruments in the Deutsches Museum in Munich which includes a Lur from the Bronze Age and some more recent Serpents. The Lur and Serpent are old brass instruments with extraordinary primal shapes drawing on the horns of great beasts and the curves of snakes. Whilst at the Museum I wrote the above short poem in my sketchbook and made a note, "Lur and Serpent - a good starting point for a fanfare."
A few months before that, in November 2009, the weather bureau had issued Australia's first Catastrophic bushfire danger rating. The ratings of High, Very High, Severe and Extreme were no longer enough to cope with the continual and terrifyingly increasing presence of summer bushfires in the world's driest inhabited continent. The two things - the presence of fire and the signalling power of brass and percussion - have merged in my mind to lead to this piece.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (23p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 4 mins

Commission info: Commissioned for the orchestra's 2014 tour of China.

First performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson — 24 Jun 14. Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, China

Includes program note.

Alternate parts for Trumpet in D are included in parts set.

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Analysis & Media

- Video: David Robertson on Andrew Schultz' Sound Lur and Serpent

- Video: Sound lur and serpent (excerpt) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Sound lur and serpent, by Andrew Schultz
Perf Sydney Symphony Orchestra, cond. David Robertson. © NCPA Music Channel
From SSO China tour 2014, performance from their concert in Peking at the National Centre for Performing Arts.

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