Symphonia Eluvium : for choir and orchestra
by Erica Fryberg and Elena Kats-Chernin (2011)
Also known as: Symphony of the Floods
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Symphonia Eluvium : for choir and orchestra / Elena Kats-Chernin ; text by Erica Fryberg and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Library shelf no. 782.554/KAT 2 [Not for loan]
"I had begun composing a symphony for choir and orchestra, about
Brisbane, commissioned by the Brisbane Festival, when in January
2011 the tragedy of the Queensland floods struck. I decided to
completely rethink the concept and start from scratch. The
symphony became my response to the enormously devastating event
that cost lives and destroyed so much, but also united people in
so many ways."
Instrumentation: Solo child, solo mezzo-soprano, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano (doubling celeste), organ, strings.
Contents note: 1. Nimbus -- 2. “As We Weep…” -- 3. The Mud Army -- 4. Cirrus.
Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Festival.
Text by Erica Fryberg and Elena Kats-Chernin.
The words of The Hon. Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Reconstruction are used with permission.
Video: Artscape - Symphonia Eluvium
ABC Arts Online
Elena Kats-Chernin’s first symphony was inspired by the floods that engulfed parts of Queensland in late 2010.
Resonate article: 2012 Helpmann Awards by Australian Music Centre
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