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August offensive, op. 92b : for large orchestra

by Andrew Schultz (2012)

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Performance by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis from the CD Gallipoli symphony

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August offensive, op. 92b : for large orchestra / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. 784.2/SCH 3 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

August Offensive is a fast and powerful short work for orchestra. It was commissioned as the penultimate movement in the Gallipoli Symphony project funded by the Australian Government's Veteran Affairs Department. The overall project includes movements composed by selected Australian, Turkish and New Zealand composers in commemoration of the World War One events at Gallipoli in 1915.

August Offensive exists in versions for a small-size orchestra and for large orchestra.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: 1 piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 B flat clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 French horns in F, trumpet in E flat, 2 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players: 1: ride cymbal, snare drum ;  2: whistle, tom toms (2), sizzle cymbals (2, different sizes), bongos, tenor or field drum (with snares) ; 3: tam tam, bass drum, suspended cymbals (2, different sizes) , harp, strings.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Australian Government, for the Centenary of Gallipoli Commemorations, 2015

First performance: by Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis — 4 Aug 15. Hagia Arena, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

This is the version for larger orchestra of August Offensive, opus 92. This version was rescored in early 2015 for the Gallipoli Symphony performances in Istanbul in August 2015. Apart from using a larger orchestra the work is the same as the smaller orchestral version.


August offensive Op. 92 by Andrew Schultz

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Performances of this work

28 Apr 2019: at Adelaide Concert Collective - A Simple Soldier (Elder Hall). Featuring Adelaide Concert Collective, Nicholas Braithwaite.

24 Nov 2015: at The Gallipoli Symphony (QPAC Concert Hall). Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis.

4 Aug 15: Hagia Arena, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey. Featuring Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis.

27 Mar 2015: at Essentially Elgar (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

25 Apr 13: Performed by the Gallipoli Symphony Orchestra, at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey. Featuring Chris Latham.

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