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To Rest in Peace : Concert arrangement of the Original Motion Picture Score

by Leah Curtis (2022)

Work Overview

Inspired by the true story of Malek, a Kuwaiti man during the Iraqi Invasion in 1990. Day after day, he passes two dead bodies that no one is burying. He wants to find out why, but everyone is afraid to interfere during wartime. Caught between his fear of death and his respect for human dignity, Malek decides to bury the bodies himself by the side of the road.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: String orchestra, optional dumbek.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Kirsten Williams, Australian Youth Orchestra.

First performance: 24 Apr 22. Melbourne Recital Centre

Prizes/AwardsBest Original lScore Nomination: Hollywood Music in Media Awards -- Best world music: Hollywood Music in Media Awards -- Official Selection: Park City Film Music Festival -- Best Impact of Music in a Short Film - 3rd Place: Park City Film Music Festival.


Performances of this work

24 Apr 22: Melbourne Recital Centre

7 Aug 2021: at CSO at the Cinema (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Gethin.

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