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Journey to Horseshoe Bend, op. 64 : Symphonic cantata for solo voices, narrators, choirs and orchestra

by Andrew Schultz and Gordon Kalton Williams (2003)

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Performance by Sydney Symphony, David Porcelijn, John Stanton, Aaron Pedersen, Rodney Macann, Ntaria Ladies Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, David Bruce from the CD Journey to Horseshoe Bend

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Work Overview

Based on the autobiographical novel by T.G.H. Strehlow with a libretto by Gordon Kalton Williams.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Boy soprano, bass baritone, 2 narrators/actors, SA choir, SATB choir, 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (5 players), harp, electronic organ, strings.

Duration: 55 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Hermannsburg -- 2. Idracowra -- 3. Horseshoe Bend.

Commission note: Commissioned by Symphony Australia for performance by Sydney Symphony with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by David Porcelijn, Rodney Macann, David Bruce, John Stanton, Aaron Pedersen, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Ntaria Ladies Choir, John Wregg — 28 May 03. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

Orchestra is divided into four groups.


Article: Music and the meaning of water
by Andrew Schultz
Naxos Musicology International (2 May 2020)

Article: The Face - Ashleigh Wilson meets Andrew Schultz (composer)
by Ashleigh Wilson — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 21 June 2008 pg.3

Article: Wollongong composer brings life to old tale.
by Kerrie O'Connor — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Illawarra Mercury, 27 May 2003 pg 7

Andrew Schultz's "Journey to Horseshoe Bend"
by Gordon Kalton Williams
Source: Published by Symphony Services

Article: Scored in black and white
by Gordon Kalton Williams — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 14 April 2005, pp.14

Resonate article: The Flowers Were Open to Me: an interview with Anne Boyd by Liza Lim

Book: Intercultural music : creation and interpretation / edited by Sally Macarthur, Bruce Crossman and Ronaldo Morelos.

Book: Opera indigene : re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures / edited by Pamela Karantonis and Dylan Robinson.

Article: The epic race for a man's survival / by Ian Carswell.

Book: 2003 Australian composition resource kit.

Kit: Journey to Horseshoe Bend : teacher resource kit / music resource kit by Kim Waldock.


Gordon Williams, speaking about Journey to Horseshoe Bend

An excerpt from the film Cantata Journey, producer Hart Cohen, reproduced by permission



Performances of this work

28 May 03: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.. Featuring David Porcelijn, Rodney Macann, David Bruce, John Stanton, Aaron Pedersen, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Ntaria Ladies Choir, John Wregg.

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