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Beauty : for solo cello with chamber ensemble of 6 players

by Matthew Hindson (2009)

Audio Sample

Performance by Australia Ensemble, Julian Smiles from the CD Works by various composers

Works by various composers


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Works by various composers

Library shelf no. CD 2069 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Beauty was written as a celebratory work for the 25th anniversary of The Australia Ensemble, one of Australia's great chamber music groups.

The piece features the cello as a soloist, making specific reference to the tone colour of the cellist for whom it was written, Julian Smiles.

As the title may suggest, the guiding source of inspiration of this work was to capture and develop material based upon the capabilities of the cello to invoke lyrical, cantabile material, both as a soloist but also within a soloistic role in a chamber music context.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Solo cello, flute, clarinet in B flat, piano, 2 violins, viola.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by University of New South Wales for performance by Australia Ensemble.. Written in honour of the Australia Ensemble's 30th season

First performance: by Australia Ensemble, Julian Smiles at Australia Ensemble @ UNSW (Sir John Clancy Auditorium) on 12 Sep 2009


Resonate article: Australia Ensemble 30 years by Geoffrey Gartner

Performances of this work

8 Oct 2019: at Australia Ensemble @UNSW (Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

10 Sep 2019: at Roger Covell Memorial (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

12 Sep 2009: at Australia Ensemble @ UNSW (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble, Julian Smiles.

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