Fire in the heavens : full orchestra
by Nigel Butterley (1973)
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Music of Alfred Hill, Nigel Butterley, Don Banks, Robert Hughes / Sydney Symphony Orchestra ; Willem van Otterloo.
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Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), two oboes, cor anglais, two clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), piano, harp, strings.
Duration: 9 min.
Dedication note: For Rodney Wetherell
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The work is a response to lines from Christopher Brennan's poem 'Fire in the Heavens' and Judith Wright's poem 'Silence'.
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