The Magic Island : for orchestra
by Paul Stanhope (2012)
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The Magic Island is a short orchestral work inspired by Dr Catherine Crock and her team at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. It was written especially for the Hush Music Foundation's CD of the same title in a project designed to provide a positive environment for children recovering in hospital. The Magic Island imagines a place beyond the walls of a hospital ward - an Island of hope, playfulness and optimism.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or high standard amateur orchestra
Commission note: Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.
Music for hospital environment and healing.
Performances of this work
20 Nov 17: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC. Featuring Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra.
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