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Septet : for flute, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass

by Matthew Hindson (2009)



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Septet : for flute, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass / Matthew Hindson.

Library shelf no. 785.4217/FOW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece was written for premiere performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows by Ars Musica Australis. It is one of three works composed in 2009 to celebrate the 80th birthday of my teacher, mentor and friend, Peter Sculthorpe.
I believe that the influence of both current and past composers is extremely important in terms of approaches to music-making today. For any composer, the influence of music that they hear, whether consciously considered or subconsciously heard, surely must be taken into account at some level. Septet takes as its starting point some of the ideas expounded by Sculthorpe in his music, including the influences of both Asian and Australian indigenous musics. Furthermore, the piece makes reference to both the lyrical and visceral approaches found in a variety of Sculthorpe's pioneering works.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Flute, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Peter Sculthorpe. One of three works composed the composer in 2009 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Peter Sculthorpe

Commission note: Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Sydney Symphony Fellows.

First performance: by Sydney Symphony Fellows — 15 Nov 09. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW

Septet was premiered by the SSO Fellows at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith on 15 November 2009.

Performances of this work

15 Sep 18: featuring Australia Ensemble.

11 Aug 2018: at Australia Ensemble: Brahms, Mozart & Hindson (Sir John Clancy Auditorium). Featuring Australia Ensemble.

6 Jul 2014: at MoMA: Juilliard (Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Sculpture Garden). Featuring New Juilliard Ensemble.

23 May 13: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra. Featuring Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Jessica Cottis.

11 Jan 2012: at Focus Down Under (Korundi House of Culture). Featuring Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John StorgÄrds.

27 Mar 2011: at Sydney Symphony Fellowship Recitals @ the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

15 Nov 09: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW. Featuring Sydney Symphony Fellows.

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