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Variations on 'The Drover's Song' : a concerto for community orchestra

by Don Kay (2003)

Variations on 'The Drover's Song'


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Variations on 'The Drover's Song' : a concerto for community orchestra / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 784.2/KAY 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I approached the composition within the original definition of 'concerto', ie. composing for the orchestra to make a concerted effort to entertain the audience. When variations on a traditional Australian tune were suggested I thought of The Drover's Song. The tune seems to encapsulate an optimistic, care-free approach to life in 19th century country Australia.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in Bb, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion (1 player), strings.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Derwent Symphony Orchestra with funds provided by Arts Tasmania.. Commissioned by Myer Freeman


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