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March for the Republic : concert band

by Don Kay (2001)

March for the Republic


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March for the Republic / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 784.83/KAY 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Written as a Republican supporter in this centenary year of Federation, I composed this march with the intention of suggesting a sense of irony. It's as if the struggle for the Republic to become established continues to be thwarted by upholders of the status quo.

These upholders, represented by brief quotes from "Waltzing Matilda" and "Advance Australia Fair", compete with each other to establish pride of place, ultimately unsuccessfully. The dominating tune, representing the new republic, emphatically has the last say.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, bassoon, 3 clarinets, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 horns in F, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players).

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium


March for the Republic


Performances of this work

21 Mar 2015: at Hobart City Bands in concert (Hobart Town Hall).

6 Jun 2013: at Hobart Wind Symphony: Tasmanian music (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Hobart Wind Symphony, Simon Reade.

2001: Hobart Town Hall, Tasmania. Featuring Simon Reade, Hobart City Band.

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