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Paean : full orchestra

by Colin Brumby (1982)

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Performance by Patrick Thomas, Sydney Symphony from the CD Swagman's promenade

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In thanksgiving, Sir Bernard Heinze


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Paean / by Colin Brumby.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/BRU 4 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

In 1982, the ABC celebrated its 50th birthday by commissioning a number of works from Australian composers. I was delighted, therefore, to be included and asked to contribute a show-piece for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the occassion.

My Paean, which is cast in rondo-form, was given a fine reading in the (then) recently re-furbished Sydney Town Hall by conductor Patrick Thomas in a performance which and was also televised nationally.

Work Details

Year: 1982

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais in F, 2 clarinets in B, bass clarinet in B, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 4 trumpets in B, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, organ, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Suitable for professional or good student orchestras

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Commission for performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas — 3 Jul 82. Sydney Town Hall

Performances of this work

3 Jul 82: Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas.

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