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Shoalhaven : full orchestra

by David Lumsdaine (1982)

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From the CD Hagoromo and other orchestral works

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Shoalhaven : version for larger orchestra / David Lumsdaine.

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Work Overview

Shoalhaven is one of several works I composed in the 1980s which re-explored the kind of language in which the music of my boyhood expressed itself. It’s is one of simplest of these works; its style is very direct and needs little introduction. Like the Shoalhaven Philharmonic Society, for whom it was composed in 1983, it takes its name from the Shoalhaven River which rises in the Great Dividing Range south of Kangaroo Valley and, passing north of Nowra, flows to the sea across the narrow coastal plain. From the mountains to the sea, this is a place that is rich in associations for myself and my family from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day.

The shape of the piece is a traditional ABA1. The outer sections are broad and gentle in their movement, while the middle section is a blues that pays more than a passing tribute to the memory of my very dear friend, Don Banks.

Work Details

Year: 1982

Instrumentation: Version for small orchestra: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets in B flat, bassoon, 2 horns (or saxophone in E flat and horn), 2 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, percussion (3 players), 2 timpani (1 player, also on percussion), strings.   Version for larger orchestra: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, percussion (3 players), timpani, strings.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Shoalhaven Philharmonic Society with funds provided by Australia Council.


Program note: David Lumsdaine's "Shoalhaven"
by David Lumsdaine
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