Symphony no. 4 : for chorus and orchestra
by Ross Edwards (2001)
Also known as: Star chant
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Instrumentation: 3 flutes (each doubling piccolo, 3rd doubling alto flute), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets (2nd doubling piccolo clarinet in E flat, 3rd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion (3 players), 2 pianos, harp, strings, SATB choir, tape (pre-recorded pianos, vibraphone and glockenspiel).
Duration: 33 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Helen Edwards
Commission note: Commissioned jointly by Symphony Australia and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with assistance from the Australia Council
[Star Chant] pays tribute to Aboriginal culture by linking the conventional Western names of stars and constellations with their equivalents from the Dreamtime stories of many different indigenous peoples.
Text by Fred Watson.
Winner of the 2008 APRA/Australian Music Centre Vocal/Choral Work of the Year award.
Program note: Ross Edwards' "Symphony No. 4"
by Ross Edwards
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