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Ghosts of reason, op. 76 : Symphony no. 2 : full orchestra

by Andrew Schultz (2008)

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Performance by Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, David Porcelijn from the CD Ghosts of reason

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Ghosts of reason, opus 76 : Symphony no. 2, for orchestra / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/SCH 10 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Ghosts of Reason - Symphony No. 2 was commissioned for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Arvo Volmer as the Schueler Composition Award for 2008. This award was established through the generosity of Mr Norman Schueler and Mrs Carol Schueler, in honour of Mrs Gogo Schueler. The piece was composed in 2008 immediately after the opera The Children's Bach during a 'double winter'. It was sketched out whilst in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada in a tranquil snowbound studio. The work was then completed on the coast south of Sydney where stillness is replaced by invariably brutal, winter Southerlies.

Musical forms, like landscapes, seem to be haunted by past inhabitants. I feel this applies to Australia a lot. I remember as a child growing up in Western Victoria, an abandoned place where I used to go to play. It had been a house years before and was just broken building bits with foundations but no walls now plus a fantastic wattle grove - cold but beautiful in winter. The sense of being somewhere remote but lived in before was palpable. Musical forms are like this to me - for an Australian composer, Beethoven and Schubert seem to be wandering the Simpson Desert at times.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: One movement.

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned with support of the Schueler Composition Award

First performance: by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Adelaide Town Hall) on 26 Sep 2008


Program note: Andrew Schultz's "Ghosts of reason"
by Andrew Schultz
Source: the score of this work

Resonate article: Where words fail, music speaks by Michael Schäfer


Performances of this work

18 Jan 2013: at Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (Christkirche, Rendsburg). Featuring Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, David Porcelijn.

17 Jan 2013: at Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (Harmonien, Haderslev). Featuring Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, David Porcelijn.

26 Sep 2008: at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer.

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