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Sacred Environment : an oratorio, for soprano solo, didgeridoo, 4 track electronics, SATB chorus, choir, orchestra

by Kate Moore (2016)

Sacred Environment


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Work Overview

The commission from The Holland Festival/ NTR for the Radio Philharmonic orchestra and choir implied the genre of an oratorio, a non-staged setting of sacred or religious narrative. This genre resonated with me because I wanted to illustrate that nature itself is sacred, as sacred as a Gothic Cathedral or any holy place of worship. The inclusion of the Didgeridoo in the line-up for the commission was the key to unlocking a path of questions leading back to the bushland of my family heritage, the aboriginal and colonial history of the area and the landscape and terrain in which they simultaneously existed. I chose the location because it is the place where my early European settler family, on my father's side, became established and have lived in this region ever since. Originally the piece was going to be about the flora and fauna of the location but upon visiting the location, I discovered that it really was a holy place of worship for aboriginal historical tradition.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 4 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 4 oboes (4th doubling cor anglais), 4 clarinets (4th doubling bass clarinet), 4 bassoons (4th doubling contra-bassoon), 6 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harp, piano, percussion (4 players), timpani, solo soprano, SATB chorus (approx 20 singers), SATB choir, didjeridu, strings (, electronics (4 track).

Duration: 38 min.

Contents note: 1. Trees -- 2. Minerals -- 3. Animals -- 4. Stars -- 5. Water.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Wonnarua and Darkinjung country

Commission note: Commissioned by The Holland Festival and NTR Radio Netherlands

First performance: by Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Bradley Lubman at Kate Moore: Sacred Environment (Het Concertgebouw) on 24 Jun 2017

Performances of this work

24 Jun 2017: at Kate Moore: Sacred Environment (Het Concertgebouw). Featuring Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Bradley Lubman.

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