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All that is beautiful : viola and double bass duo

by Anne Cawrse (2021)

Work Overview

from Harry Seidler's war diaries, Wednesday 26th June, 1940

"Once again I was very depressed - my position seems more dismal from day to day. If it's true about Canada I'll never get back to Cambridge, at least not in the next couple of years. That means forgetting my happy life at Lady MacAlister's... above all forgetting all that is beautiful. When I think about all of this I could cry."

"Architecture is a language and architects speak it. Most of them just barely manage to speak - very few ever speak eloquent prose, but it happens rarely indeed that any of them ever create poetry with just a few words."

Harry Seidler to the Sydney Morning Herald, 1957.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Viola, double bass.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Bass part includes extensive use of pizzicato 'harp' harmonics

Commission note: Commissioned by Robert Nairn and Heidi von Bernewitz as part of the Seidler Oratorio Project

First performance: by Steve King, Robert Nairn — Hanson Dyer Hall, University of Melbourne, VIC

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Hanson Dyer Hall, University of Melbourne, VIC. Featuring Steve King, Robert Nairn.

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