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Exile : for violin & piano

by Ross Edwards (2009)



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Exile : for violin & piano / Ross Edwards.

Library shelf no. 787.2/EDW 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Exile, which I composed especially for Duo Sol, was commissioned by Julian Burnside, a prominent Australian barrister and human rights advocate well known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers and his acting in major cases on behalf of Indigenous Australians.

The theme of this brief work is the age-old plight of displaced peoples. Profoundly influenced, as I composed, by the novel Sea of Many Returns by the Australian writer Arnold Zable, a friend of Julian Burnside, I tried to convey feelings associated with the mythic allure of distant places, epic sea voyages, the sea itself and nostalgia for one's homeland. A string quartet version of Exile was jointly commissioned by Julian Burnside and his colleague Brian Walters.

— Ross Edwards

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Duo Sol.

Performances of this work

6 May 2018: at Valley Spirit (Kangaroo Valley Hall). Featuring Anna McMichael, Tamara Anna Cislowska.

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