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Requiem : for SATB chorus, didjeridu and orchestra

by Peter Sculthorpe (2004)

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Performance by William Barton, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer from the CD Kalkadungu

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Peter Sculthorpe, 1929-2014


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Library shelf no. CD 2599 [Not for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: SATB chorus, didjeridu, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), strings.

Duration: 40 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: First part: 1. Introit -- 2. Kyrie -- 3. Gradual -- 4. Sequence -- Second part: 5. Canticle -- 6. Sanctus -- 7. Agnus Dei -- 8. Communion.

Dedication note: To the memory of my mother and father

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Australia, Adelaide Festival with funds provided by Australia Council.. Commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (through Symphony Australia with funds provided by the Australia Council), the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, and the Lichfield Festival (with funds from the Festival Millenium Membership Scheme)

First performance: by Richard Mills, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Adelaide Voices, Carl Crossin, William Barton, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra — 3 Mar 04. Adelaide Town Hall

Canticle' is "based upon an indigenous Australian lullaby, and composed at the time of the outbreak of fighting in Iraq, it grew from thoughts about children affected by war.


Article: Cry of the earth
by Vincent Plush — © News Limited
Source: Source: Courier-Mail, 9 April 2005, M05

Resonate article: Kalkadungu - William Barton wins 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

27 Aug 2016: at The History of the Requiem II (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir, Harry Wilson, Graeme Morton, University of Queensland Chamber Singers.

25 Oct 2014: at Concert to celebrate Peter Sculthorpe (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Sydney Conservatorium Choir, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

24 Nov 12: St Peter's Notting Hill, London UK. Featuring David Wordsworth, The Addison Singers.

4 Jul 2011: at Choir of Southwark Cathedral & William Barton (Southwark Cathedral (London)).

8 May 2011: at Remembering The Griffins (Fitters' Workshop).

3 May 2009: at Central Coast Philharmonia & Symphony Orchestra (Gosford High School). Featuring Central Coast Philharmonia, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Phil Rees.

Nov 05: Adelaide Town Hall. Featuring Arvo Volmer, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers, William Barton.

12 Jul 04: Performed as part of the Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Cathedral, UK. Featuring Ex Cathedra (choir), William Barton, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

3 Mar 04: Adelaide Town Hall. Featuring Richard Mills, William Barton, Carl Crossin, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Voices, Adelaide Chamber Singers.

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