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Symphony d'aere (wind band with string soloist)

by Kirsten Milenko (2017)

Symphony d'aere


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Symphony d'aere : for wind symphony and solo violin / Kirsten Milenko.

Library shelf no. 784.8/MIL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A piece on the subject of plastic pollution and its interactions within our world, specifically that within the ocean. We have created substances that have stepped beyond us and no longer need our intervention to define their purpose and the extent of their touch is beyond anything we as a human race have so far experienced.

Humans are part of our immediate environment, completely inseparable from its flux and its flow. What we make becomes entwined with our daily lives and eventually our bodies. There is no separation and like a work of Frankenstein, a creation once dependent upon us has now determined a life beyond the control of its creator.

A contemporary spin on the concerto - Symphony d'aere presents the solo violin against the wind symphony to create stark dispositions between central presence and dissipating melodies.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 4 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, clarinet in E flat, 6 clarinets in B flat, 2 bass clarinets in B flat, contrabass clarinet in B flat, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 4 French horns, 6 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 2 euphoniums, 3 tubas, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, piano, solo violin, 3-5 double bass.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Wind Band Grade 6

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony

First performance: by John Lynch, Annabelle Swainston, Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony — 26 Oct 17. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Styles: soundscape, fable, concerto, nature, spectral --- Influences: Feldman, Stravinsky, Pärt


Performances of this work

23 Nov 2019: at Australian Stories (Concordia College Chapel). Featuring Jacqui Carias, Bryan Griffiths, Adelaide Wind Orchestra.

24 May 2019: at SCM Wind Symphony (Greenway Series) (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring John Lynch, Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony.

26 Oct 17: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Annabelle Swainston, John Lynch, Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony.

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