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Fire in the heavens : full orchestra

by Nigel Butterley (1973)

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Music of Alfred Hill, Nigel Butterley, Don Banks, Robert Hughes


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Fire in the heavens / Nigel Butterley

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

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Work Details

Year: 1973

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.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: For Rodney Wetherell

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

First performance: by Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra — 4 Oct 73. Sydney Opera House

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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Performances of this work

4 Oct 73: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra.

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