Elegy 'In memoriam Peter Sculthorpe' : for strings and percussion
by Harry Sdraulig (2015)
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Score & Part
Library shelf no. 784.7/SDR 1 [Not for loan]
This piece was composed at the request of Fabian Russell for the
University of Melbourne Orchestra. It is scored for full strings,
timpani and percussion (including anvil and vibraphone).
Elegy 'In Memoriam Peter Sculthorpe' was written in commemoration of one of Australia's most inventive and influential composers, whose passing on August 8, 2014 was deeply felt by the countless musicians and audiences to have been touched by the integrity, humanity and beauty of his music. I feel very humbled to have been given the opportunity to compose a piece in memory of such a
significant icon of Australian music.
Though this piece contains a few deliberate references to Peter Sculthorpe's music, especially through the use of percussion (reminiscent of Earth Cry) and the desolate spirituality of the cello solo at the work's heart, I have avoided any attempt at imitation or pastiche, instead composing a work true to my own individual language. It is nevertheless written with heartfelt respect for a man whose influence on the landscape of Australian art music is unparalleled.
Instrumentation: Timpani, percussion, string orchestra.
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