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Jericho's Strange : for symphony orchestra

by Brendan Colbert (2022)

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Performance by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sir William Southgate from the CD Live recordings for AMC archive

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Live recordings for AMC archive : Disc 1 / Brendan Colbert.

Library shelf no. CD 2259 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Jericho's Strange in its original form was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir William Southgate (Brisbane 1995).

Given that chances to write for large orchestra were & remain uncommon, the commission for the National Orchestral Composers' School provided a significant opportunity to explore orchestral colours & textures, albeit within the limitations of a ten-minute work.

Although Jericho's Strange ultimately led to the commission (by Symphony Australia for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra) and premiere of 'Eirenicon' (WASO conducted by Kenneth Young, Perth 2000) it had always been my intention to revisit the score making room for the preferred but initially unavailable piano. After several false starts this 2022 version finally materialised.

Jericho's Strange is not a programmatic piece, but lyrics by English songwriter Peter Hammill, together with the realities of life in Melbourne in the mid-1990s, suggested imagery that doubtless found its way into the piece as it progressed.

"…Jericho's strange,

throbbing with life at its heart:

people are drawn together,

simultaneously torn apart…"

from 'MODERN', by Peter Hammill.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3 doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets in B flat (3rd doubling bass clarinet in B flat), 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contra bassoon), 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players), piano, strings.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sir William Southgate — 17 Nov 95. ABC Music Centre, Ferry Road, Brisbane

Performances of this work

17 Nov 95: ABC Music Centre, Ferry Road, Brisbane . Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sir William Southgate.

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