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Elk branches : chamber orchestra : youth orchestra

by Sally Greenaway (2014)

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Performance by Sally Greenaway from the CD Aubade & nocturne

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Aubade & nocturne / music of Sally Greenaway.

Library shelf no. CD 2621 [Available for loan]

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Elk branches / Sally Greenaway.

Library shelf no. Q 784.3/GRE 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Light filters through the stillness of the forest,

Where the elk's antlers reach up into the dark, tangled branches…

The piece features a 4-note melodic motif, which weaves its way through a variety of instrumental colour combinations, textures and moods. The effervescent moments in this work explore the interaction of several small ensembles within the orchestra. The climax is a wild fanfare - described as 'Nordic Triumph!' in the score - inspired by the grand and wild forests of Scandinavia.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, bass drum, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Youth Orchestra.. Composed for the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp 2014

First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra Composers Ensemble — 17 Jan 14. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra

Performances of this work

29 Sep 2021: at Fanfare Concert (The Old Museum, Concert Hall). Featuring Queensland Youth Orchestra, Rachel Howley.

17 Jan 14: Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra. Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra Composers Ensemble.

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