Concerto for cor anglais and orchestra : 'On the sorrow of war' (cor anglais with orchestra)
by Peter Webb (2012)
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On the sorrow of war / Rachel Tolmie, Unley Symphony Orchestra, Peter Webb (conductor), Louise Perfect (soprano), John Martin (piano).
Library shelf no. CD 2618 [Not for loan]
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A three-movement, 46-minute pacifist reflection on the sorrow brought by the folly of war, based on the sinking in sea battle of both HMAS Sydney and the HSK Kormoran, with terrible loss of life on both sides. The work was commissioned by the Tolmie family in memory of Frederick Edwards (father to Margaret Tolmie and grandfather to Rachel), who was a crew member of HMAS Sydney, and who died in the battle. The concerto is scored for solo cor anglais and full orchestra, with a soprano soloist in the Elegy singing the poignant words of Kerry O'Regan about the sorrow of war.
Instrumentation: Cor anglais, soprano, 2 flutes / piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.
Duration: 46 min.
Contents note: Conflict -- Elegy -- Redemption.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Tolmie family and the Goodwood Community Bank
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