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First Victory : Australia's First Naval Victory, for wind orchestra with narration

by Martyn Hancock (2018)

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Performance by Royal Australian Navy Band from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 109.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 109.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 109.

Library shelf no. CD 3068 [Available for loan]

First Victory


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Work Overview

First Victory is a descriptive work with narration that tells the story of Australia's first naval victory when HMAS Sydney (I) engaged the German light cruiser SMS Emden at the Cocos Islands in November 1914.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Narrator, 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 3 clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, 2 tubas, string bass, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy Band for the Centenary of Armistice 1918-2018

First performance: by Royal Australian Navy Band, Mike Carlton — 11 Nov 18. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Nautical, War, Battle


Performances of this work

11 Nov 18: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. Featuring Royal Australian Navy Band, Mike Carlton.

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