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...and there was light : full orchestra

by Anne Cawrse (2010)

...and there was light


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...and there was light / Anne Cawrse.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/CAW 1 [Available for loan]

...and there was light

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Work Overview

Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters... Then God said 'Let there be light' and there was light.

The creation of light into a dark and formless world; the composition of a new musical work; the birth of a baby- I imagine all of these as a weaving together of multiple threads, a miraculous and perfect growth that begins simply but multiplies over and over to complete the most beautiful creation. In nine short months, I have produced my most amazing creation so far, a little person called Oscar, and a new musical work for orchestra. ...and there was light is a symphonic poem exploring the journey of creation throughout the nine months in which I made my little boy, and is dedicated to him.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, piano/celeste, strings.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to my son, Oscar

Commission note: Commissioned by Mr & Mrs Norman and Carol Schueler as the recipient of the 2010 Schueler Prize for Composition, in honour of Mrs Gogo Schueler.

First performance: by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer — 15 Oct 10. Adelaide Festival Theatre

Performances of this work

6 Oct 2023: at Silver Linings (Elder Hall). Featuring Elder Conservatorium Symphony, Luke Dollman.

15 Oct 10: Adelaide Festival Theatre. Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer.

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