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Tournaments : full orchestra

by Christopher Gordon (2003)



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Tournaments / Christopher Gordon.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/GOR 10 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Two rousing and powerful pieces bringing to mind the epic worlds of The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones.

The composer said, "When I was commissioned to compose a few pieces for the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, Sydney 2003 I found inspiration by drawing a parallel with the warriors and knights of medieval time and of mythology and high fantasy. A stark brutality is reflected in the raw barbaric orchestrations, while chivalry and nobility can be found in the uplifting heroic themes."

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets in B flat, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (6-7 players), piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Heroes March (2 min.) -- II. The Gathering (7 min., 20 sec.)

Commission note: Based on music composed for opening ceremong of Rugby World Cup, Sydney, 2003.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony, Lyn Williams — 10 Oct 03. Opening Ceremony, Rugby World Cup, Sydney, 2003, Telstra Stadium.


Performances of this work

10 Oct 03: Opening Ceremony, Rugby World Cup, Sydney, 2003, Telstra Stadium.. Featuring Sydney Symphony, Lyn Williams.

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