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Perto Do Ar : (Close to Air)

by Simon James Phillips (2014)

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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

'Perto do Ar' (transl. Close to Air) is a 50 minute immersive composition for brass sextet that uses spatialisation and a very resonant acoustic to create an amazing work rich in complex overtones and sound colour. At particular points during the performance, members of the ensemble move around the audience making full use of the directional possibilities for this expansive work.

The work was premiered on the 1st of November, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. This important date is the anniversary of the Great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 as well as being All Saints Day. It was premiered in the magnificent Panteão Nacional, where many of Portugal's most important figures are buried.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Brass Sextet.

Duration: 50 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Produced by Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon with the generous assistance of the Australia Council of the Arts.

First performance: by Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Nils Ostendorf — 1 Nov 14. Panteão Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal.

Performances of this work

27 Jul 2023: at CSO Australian Series: Close to Air (National Museum of Australia). Featuring CSO Chamber Players.

1 Nov 14: Panteão Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal.. Featuring Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Nils Ostendorf.

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