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Time and Tide : echoes of Sydney Harbour

by Miriama Young (2018)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

In this work ancient and modern harbour field recordings entwine with live acoustic from brass and percussion to evoke the sounds of Sydney Harbour across the passage of time. The piece re-imagines the historical soundworld of Sydney Harbour, and as described by the donor, Dr Janet Merewether in her initial brief for the project. Tempe Merewether, to whom the piece is dedicated, apparently had a deep love of music, and a long connection with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and its Fellows. The piece celebrates her life, and captures the movement of the Harbour tide that transcends lifetimes.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Trumpet in Bb, French horn, tenor trombone, percussion (1 player), fixed media (stereo audio playback).

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Percussion part is medium-hard challenging, and very active. Brass are medium challenge.

Commission note: Commissioned for the Sydney Symphony Fellows by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with the generous assistance of Dr Janet Merewether in memory of her mother, Tempe Merewether OAM.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Fellows at SSO Fellows: Mozart, Wagner, Young - Cocktail Hour (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 22 Sep 2018

The composer notes the following styles, genres and influences etc associated with the work:
Fixed media track features an imagined soundscape of Sydney Harbour across the past century, which plays alongside the evocations of fog horns and dance-like rhythms in the brass instrumentalists.

The composer acknowledges additional support from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Performances of this work

15 Oct 2018: at Nanjing Arts Festival (Nanjing Great Hall of the People). Featuring Sydney Symphony Fellows.

23 Sep 2018: at SSO Fellows: Sunday Idylls (Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Catholic Church, Forestville). Featuring Sydney Symphony Fellows.

22 Sep 2018: at SSO Fellows: Mozart, Wagner, Young - Cocktail Hour (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Sydney Symphony Fellows.

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