Overture on Colonial Themes : for wind quintet
by Fred Hill (2001, this version: 2014)
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This work is a medley of songs popular in Australia before 1900 (hence the title.) The unifying theme is Going Kangarooing by the goldfields entertainer Charles Thatcher (the Colonial Minstrel of the title.) The original version was for brass quartet; the F horn part was added later, as was an optional part for percussion (1 player).
Year: 2001, this version: 2014
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon. (flute may double piccolo bars 158-166 ; clarinet may double bass clarinet bars 126-140).
Duration: 6 min.
The Overture is a display piece which touches on styles as varied as Gustav Holst, Shostakovich, Malcolm Arnold and Joseph Horowitz. It is tonal throughout.
- In the form/style of: Overtures
Performances of this work
1 Dec 01: The Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Featuring Magpie Brass.
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