on air : dialogue for orchestra
by Elliott Gyger (2011)
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This work reflects something of the history and development of the ABC and the SSO. It was inspired by an early photograph of a 17-piece ABC studio orchestra, with an unusual instrumental line-up including six brass but just six strings. A chamber orchestra made up of these 17 instruments begins the work, later engaging in dialogue with a much larger group comprising the rest of the orchestra. in the closing section the original group falls silent; the orchestra which completes the piece is thuse entirely different from the one which began it.
Instrumentation: Orchestra is divided into two groups throughout: Orchestra I (chamber orchestra): Piccolo, 2 clarinets in B flat, horn in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion (1 player), piano, solo violins 1,2,3, solo viola, solo cello, solo double bass. Orchestra II (large orchestra): 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 3 horns in F, piccolo trumpet, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (12-14, 10-12, 8-10, 6-8, 4-6).
Duration: 9 min.
Winner of the Sydney Symphony 80th Anniversary Composition Prize in 2012.
Resonate article: Sydney Symphony 80th anniversary composition prize to Elliott Gyger by Australian Music Centre
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