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Huntington Eulogy : for cello and piano

by Brett Dean (2001)

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Huntington Eulogy : for cello and piano / Brett Dean.

Library shelf no. 787.4/DEA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"This work is in three movements and was commissioned by the BBC for the German cellist Alban Gerhardt and the English pianist Stephen Osborne. The title refers to the Huntington Estate winery in Australia, home of the annual Huntington Music Festival with which I've been happily associated since 1997.

The first two movements relate to the natural features and beauty of the Mudgee region of New South Wales where Huntington is located. The opening movement, Nightsky, is characterised by a spacious, dark sense of mystery and awe, the cello outlining various harmonic motives against a sparse background of sounds drawn from inside the piano. The second movement, Swarming, is a reflection upon a specific occasion related to me where a swarm of bees bestowed an altogether more dramatic and foreboding quality upon the calm reflection of watching a summer sunrise. The final Elegy (for Jason) is a simple offering, something of innocence and consolation, written in memory of Jason Brodie (17.9.1980 - 17.6. 2001), a young assistant cellarmaster at Huntington who, despite his failing health, retained an inspiring love of nature and an endlessly positive, ambitious and courageous spirit."
© Brett Dean, 2001

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 15 min.

Contents note: I. Nightsky -- II. Swarming -- III. Elegy (for Jason).

First performance: by Alban Gerhardt, Steven Osborne — 17 Jan 02. Bridgewater Hall, Manchester UK


Huntington Eulogy

Performances of this work

25 Jan 2017: at Festival Finale (Sha Tin Town Hall).

30 Mar 14: Finals of the Australian Cello Awards. Featuring Ruben Palma.

23 Nov 11.

26 Oct 2011: at ANAM - Australian Voices: Brett Dean (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon).

17 Jan 02: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester UK. Featuring Alban Gerhardt, Steven Osborne.

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