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Sun music II : for orchestra

by Peter Sculthorpe (1969)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins from the CD Peter Sculthorpe

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Peter Sculthorpe, 1929-2014


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Work Overview

Sun Music II 'Ketjak' The basis of Ketjak was written in 1968 as additional material to the Sun Music series, for Robert Helpmann's presentation of the Sun Music Ballet. Ketjak is the word for a Balinese circular dance which evolves from the vocal and rhythmic accompaniment to the trance-ritual sanghyang. The Ketjak is often given the more colloquial name 'monkey-dance'; it is performed only by men, who imitate the sound of gamelan in their singing, which is ecstatic in character. Although Sculthorpe drew his rhythmic and textual ideas from the Balinese prototype, in no way does his composition attempt to imitate the Indonesian, but remains content to reflect the composer's interest in Asia as opposed to Europe for his source of inspiration.
Sun Music II was written for the 1969 Sydney Promenade Concerts. Peter Sculthorpe

Work Details

Year: 1969

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), strings.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Sydney Symphony, John Hopkins — 22 Feb 69. Sydney Promenade Concerts


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Performances of this work

1 Jul 23: Sydney Eisteddfod - Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Nicholas Milton.

16 Nov 19: Concert Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, QLD

4 Aug 2017: at TSO: Colours of the East (Sculthorpe) (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja.

8 Oct 2015: at SSO: Sculthorpe, Walton, Sibelius (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson.

22 Feb 69: Sydney Promenade Concerts. Featuring Sydney Symphony, John Hopkins.

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