Australian Fantasia : concert band
by David Stanhope (2002)
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In four movements, three of which contain famous Australian tunes, mostly straightforward melodies and harmonies. 1st movement "Sydney Harbour" begins with a fanfare before a fast-moving melody. Middle section includes "Waltzing Matilda". 2nd movement "The Road to Gundagai" treats this famous Australian melody in a slow romantic style with an extended introduction. Includes a short fast section before a gentle coda. 3rd Movement "Southern Cross" is a heavy extended original fanfare with more dissonance. The main motif is a four-note theme representing the four points of the Southern Cross. 4th Movement is an arrangement of "Advance Australia Fair", originally written for the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony. A popular "light classical" work. An optional chorus and contralto solo can be added if desired.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet in Eb, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones in Eb, tenor saxophone in Bb, baritone saxophone in Eb, 4 trumpets in Bb, 4 horns in F, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, percussion.
Duration: 13 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — easy to grasp but wide range for most instruments
Contents note: 1. Sydney Harbour -- 2. Road to Gundagai -- 3. Southern Cross -- 4. Advance Australia Fair.
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