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On to the field : for wind band and pipe organ

by Andrew Batterham (2011)

On to the field


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On to the field : for wind band and pipe organ / Andrew Batterham.

Library shelf no. 784.83/BAT 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

"On to the field, our doom is sealed,
To conquer or be slaves;
The sun shall see our country free.
Or set upon our graves!"

These words were attributed to Timothy Hayes, a participant in the Eureka Stockade uprising in 1854. He was chairman of the Ballarat Reform League, helping to convene the Monster Meetings on Bakery Hill that took place around a large flag pole that would soon fly the Southern Cross. Hayes read the poem to the huge crowd as part of a pledge of allegiance that also included the Eureka Oath, penned by their military leader Peter Lalor. Hayes' wife Anastasia was one of the women who helped sew the original Eureka Flag, itself a symbol of Australia's eventual democratic parliament.

On To The Field was commissioned by the City of Melbourne for premiere by the Royal Australian Air Force Band, under the direction of Squadron Leader Steve Wright. The work is intended to convey the feelings of all involved in the Eureka Stockade uprising.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, 3 horns in F, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, timpani, percussion (3 players), pipe organ.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by City of Melbourne for performance by Royal Australian Air Force Band.

First performance: by Royal Australian Air Force Band, Dean Lucin, Steve Wright — 12 Dec 11. Melbourne Town Hall


Performances of this work

12 Dec 11: Melbourne Town Hall. Featuring Royal Australian Air Force Band, Dean Lucin, Steve Wright.

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