Waratah : for SATB choir, brass and percussion
by Matthew Orlovich (2001)
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The work, a setting of Roland Robinson's poem 'Waratah', concerns a flower which, sprung from Eden earth, burns amidst drenched depths of blue-grey bush.
When composing the music, I found inspiration in the poet's contrasting images. His description of the waratah as a fierce and holy flower suggested to me both savage and sanctified musical ideas, as did his image of a misted, mauve-grey light glistening through crowding depths of fronds and spears and blades.
A waterfall, spilling from fern-hung heights, inspired the cascading music which flows to my setting of the final verse, wherein, the waratah is left to burn on, through the centuries, in the bush and rain.
Instrumentation: SATB choir, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players).
Duration: 11 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Article: Rising star.
Performances of this work
11 Sep 2011: at Music Under a Southern Cross (Macquarie Theatre).
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