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Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace : Chamber Version

by Deborah Cheetham (2018)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Consort of Melbourne, Dhungala Children's Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Deborah Cheetham, Don Bemrose, Benjamin Northey, Linda Barcan from the CD Women of Note

This sample is of the Multiple Choirs with full orchestra version of this work
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Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers, Volume 2.

Version: This product features the Multiple Choirs with full orchestra version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 3111 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace is a large scale composition for Indigenous and non-indigenous performers, sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.
Original text by Deborah Cheetham AO expands on the structure of the traditional Requiem Mass, was translated into the Dhuawurd Wurrung and related dialects by Gunditjmara language custodian Vicki Couzens and Victorian based linguist Kris Eira.


"The name Eumeralla is unlikely to be among the theatres of war that you could name.
The history of battles fought and the lives that were lost is almost unknown to anyone outside the Aboriginal community. It is more than 170 years since the last shots rang out in the country of the Gunditjmara but the land is not silent. The voices of those who lost their lives in defence of their country ring in your ears when you stand amongst the lava flow of south west country of Victoria. Unlike other theatres of war such as Anzac Cove and the Somme, where peace was declared and relationships restored with the Turks and Germans, no such peace was declared in the resistance wars, no such restoration.
Whilst the Gunditjmara uphold the memory of their warriors slain, most Australians have been denied access to this history and denied resolution - and so the land remains haunted.
Eumeralla was written in recognition of one of the most brutal resistance wars fought on this continent and is designed for non-Indigenous Choirs to perform along-side Indigenous musicians. It is my hope that this war requiem will help the spirits of those who fell - those who resisted and their aggressors, to find a lasting peace and that we their descendants might find our way to deeper understanding of the legacy of these battles."

Deborah Cheetham AO

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Aboriginal solo soprano voice, solo mezzo-soprano voice, Aboriginal solo baritone voice, Aboriginal children's choir, chamber choir, chamber ensemble.

Duration: 75 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Deborah Cheetham, Linda Barcan, Don Bemrose, Plexus Ensemble, Dhungala Children's Choir, The Consort of Melbourne at Closing Gala: Eumeralla (Southcombe Park Stadium ) on 14 Oct 2018

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