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My Mother Plays the Cello : chamber orchestra

by Angus Davison (2021)

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Work Overview

My Mother Plays the Cello was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the 2021 Cybec 21st Century Composer Program. I dedicate this piece to my mother, Dale Brown, on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Even before I discovered that I loved music, it surrounded me. My mother plays the cello, and the sound of her playing underscored my childhood. In that underscore, no piece was more prominent than the 'Prelude' to J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007. Material from the 'Prelude' is the basis of my composition. Excerpts from the Bach are stretched and stacked, reversed and recontextualised, exaggerated and expanded as the music journeys from a dramatic tutti to a central moment of stillness and back.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiered My Mother Plays the Cello on 29 January 2022 at the Iwaki Auditorium.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Duration: 10 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — 29 Jan 22. Hamer Hall

Performances of this work

29 Jan 22: Hamer Hall. Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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