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My Australia : for orchestra

by Chloe Charody (2022, this version: 2021)

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My Australia : for orchestra / Chloe Charody.

Library shelf no. 784.2/CHA 3 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

A signicant part of Australia's history is marred by discrimination not only against Australia's first people, but in recent years against those simply seeking a safer life away from war, poverty and famine.

As a nation we have said sorry to Australia's First People, yet the lyrics to the Australian National Anthem still stand almost unchanged since they were first written by a Scotsman in 1878 - a time when genocide against Australian's First People was rife.

As we look to the future of the world, war, poverty and famine continue to destroy countless lives. It is our responsibility as a progressive nation to look after these people, help them heal and to create a rich life by embracing them into our multicultural society. This is something we have already done for so many, but have failed to do for so many others.

I ran a project in schools across Australia and asked Australian children (Indigenous children, children from immigrant families and refugee children) to each write a paragraph about what Australia meant to them.

Their heartwarming responses inspired me to write lyrics to this fanfare as an offering for a fresh Australian National Anthem.

I believe if we have a National Anthem that is relevant to ALL Australians, we as a nation can look toward a progressive future filled with optimism, hope and unity.

Work Details

Year: 2022, this version: 2021

Instrumentation: Flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 8 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by The Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the 50 Fanfares Project


Performances of this work

12 Oct 22: Sydney Opera House, NSW. Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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