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Round Roads : for symphony orchestra

by Robert Davidson (2008, this version: 2021)

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From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 134

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Work Overview

I composed Round Roads in Canberra, Australia, where I spent my formative years. The music is something of a landscape, reflecting my attachment to the distinctive country around the city, its recent burning through bushfires, and my nostalgic childhood memories of the area, experienced particularly on bicycles. There are also elements of the bluster and grandiosity of political speech-making of Canberra's parliament.
Vibrant and dramatic with a melodic focus.

Work Details

Year: 2008, this version: 2021

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

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Powerhouse.. Commissioned by Brisbane Powerhouse.

Inspired by Post-minimalism, landscape-inspired music, Terry Riley, Sufjan Stephens, David Chesworth, Mel Robinson, Iain Grandage, Ross Edwards, Lyle Mays, Andrew Poppy, John White.
Indie classical in style.


  • Inspired by: ACT

Performances of this work

14 Jul 21.

27 Aug 2010: at 'Healthy' Topology and Misinterprotato (Chapel off Chapel). Featuring Misinterprotato, Topology.

23 Jul 2010: at 'Healthy' (The Sound Lounge). Featuring Topology.

27 Nov 2009: at Sound on sound (Enmore Theatre).

21 Nov 2009: at Sound on sound (Brisbane Powerhouse).

21 Nov 2009: at Sound on sound (Brisbane Powerhouse).

20 Nov 2009: at Sound on sound (Brisbane Powerhouse).

6 Nov 2009: at Topology (QACI Performance Theatre).

21 Oct 2009: at Corridors of Power (Chapel off Chapel). Featuring Topology.

4 Oct 2009: at Composing and performing with Topology (Visy Theatre). Featuring Topology.

25 Apr 2009: at Topology and Katie Noonan (Brisbane Powerhouse).

24 Apr 2009: at Topology and Katie Noonan (Brisbane Powerhouse).

2 Mar 08: Brisbane Powerhouse, Powerhouse Theatre

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