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Traho : full orchestra

by Kirsten Milenko (2021)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Traho was written as an homage to the devastation of Australian wilderness and wildlife following the wildfires of 2019-20.

The skeleton of the piece is sustained by a gently hummed vocal line set to poetry written by Bea Redweik. The piece is composed in 7 sections to consider that nature of that which follows after a tragedy has taken place - when the attention that was once to closely held dissipates yet scars remain starkly written into the landscape and the minds of all who were witness to the tragedy.

Ich heb die Erde aus den Angeln,
Verstimme die Zeit
Ein zeitloses Summen
Andacht und Einsamkeit


I unhinge the Earth,
Upset the time
A timeless humming
(of silent) prayer and solitude

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Flute, alto flute, bass flute, oboe, cor anglais, 3 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B-flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (4 players), harp (with preparations), piano (with preparations), voices (sung by strings), strings.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Divided into 7 movements. No pause should be taken in the transitions. 

Dedication note: Dedicated to Lin Liao, Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by Roche as part of Roche Young Commissions for Lucerne Festival

First performance: by Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Lin Liao at Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (Lucerne Hall, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)) on 29 Aug 2021


Resonate article: Two Australian composers break through at Lucerne Festival by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

29 Aug 2021: at Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (Lucerne Hall, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)). Featuring Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Lin Liao.

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