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Maralinga : for violin and string orchestra

by Matthew Hindson (2009, this version: 2011)



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Maralinga : for violin and piano / Matthew Hindson

Version: This product features the Violin with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. Q 787.2/HIN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Australian aboriginal word Maralinga may sound quite beautiful to people outside of Australia, but to Australians its connotations are much more sinister.
In the early 1950s, the nuclear arms race was underway amongst the major nations of the world. Great Britain wanted to test its recently acquired nuclear weapons, and Australia in the 1950s was a place that still regarded Britain as 'home' (particularly the Australian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies). Consequently secret nuclear testing was conducted in the South Australian desert, at Maralinga and Emu Creek between 1953-1963.
Tests included some very nasty experiments with kilograms of plutonium which subsequently contaminated the test site. Unfortunately, according to a subsequent Royal Commission into the tests, it seems that the welfare of the Aboriginal inhabitants and the Australian service personnel at the test sites was never taken into account. Australian military personnel were used as unwitting guinea pigs into the effects of radiation from these experiments.
Maralinga was officially cleaned up by the year 2000, but the site and its history remains a stain upon Australia's historical record. This piece makes reference to the long Aboriginal history at Maralinga as well as more recent events and attitudes.

Work Details

Year: 2009, this version: 2011

Instrumentation: Violin, string orchestra (minimum

Duration: 11 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Lara St. John, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

First performance: by ACO2, Lara St John at ACO2 (Warrnambool Kings College Theatre) on 1 Apr 2011


Performances of this work

8 May 14: Merkin Concert Hall, New York. Featuring Gary M. Schneider, Lara St John, Orchestra for the Next Century.

23 Nov 13: Wolfensohn Hall, Princeton University, NJ. Featuring Lara St John.

22 Nov 13: Wolfrnsohn Hall, Princeton University, NJ. Featuring Lara St. John.

14 Oct 2013: at Maralinga Lament (Union Chapel). Featuring Lara St. John.

13 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (South Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring ACO2, Lara St John.

12 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Hopgood Theatre (Noarlunga)). Featuring ACO2, Lara St John.

9 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Chaffey Theatre (Renmark)). Featuring ACO2, Lara St John.

7 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Mercury Theatre Mildura). Featuring ACO2, Lara St John.

6 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Castlemaine Town Hall). Featuring Lara St John, ACO2.

5 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Wesley Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Lara St John, ACO2.

1 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Warrnambool Kings College Theatre). Featuring Lara St John, ACO2.

2 Apr 2011: at ACO2 (Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (Mount Gambier)). Featuring ACO2, Lara St John.

20 Mar 09: The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia, USA. Featuring Aleksandar Mad┼żar, Lara St. John.

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