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Antarctica : suite for guitar & orchestra

by Nigel Westlake (1992)

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Performance by Slava Grigoryan, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake from the CD Shadow dances

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Antarctica : suite for guitar and orchestra / by Nigel Westlake.

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Work Details

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: Amplified guitar, 2 flutes (1st and 2nd doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling alto flute), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat and A (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 4 French horns in F, percussion (1 player), timpani, harp, strings.

Duration: 23 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced/professional.

Contents note: 1. The last place on Earth -- 2. Wooden ships -- 3. Penguin ballet -- 4. The ice core/Finale.

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation for performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned by the ABC Concert Music Dept. for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's tour of Australia as part of the ABC's 60th birthday celebrations in 1992.


Article: Interesting display of contemporary work
by W. L. Hoffmann — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Canberra Times, 17 October 2003, pg.26

Resonate article: Music of the Spirit: Research Abstracts by Aurora Festival

Resonate article: Asia-Pacific Musics as an Impetus for Upper Primary Class Composition by Diana Blom and Anne Bischoff

Video tape: Westlake lecture.

eBook: Out of the blue : music resource kit [eKit] / devised by Kim Waldock.

Kit: Out of the blue : music resource kit / devised by Kim Waldock.

Book: 2006 Australian composition resource kit.


Performances of this work

14 May 2022: at Musical Landscapes With The Metropolitan Orchestra (Seymour Centre). Featuring Giuseppe Zangari, The Metropolitan Orchestra.

25 Apr 2021: at Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra: Sounds of Nature (Valmai Pigeon Performing Arts Centre (VPAC), Somerville House). Featuring Jeremy Stafford, Nathan Aspinall, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

24 Apr 2021: at ASO: Nigel Westlake and Grigoryan Brothers in Concert (Festival Theatre - Adelaide Festival Centre). Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Slava Grigoryan.

11 Dec 2020: at Concerto Festival (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane). Featuring Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Peter Morris, Jeremy Stafford.

23 Oct 2019: at Antarctica (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Alice Giles.

3 Oct 2019: at QSO: Sounds From The Deep (Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC)). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Guy Noble.

28 Sep 2019: at QSO: Sounds From The Deep (Empire Theatre (Toowoomba)). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Guy Noble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

27 Sep 2019: at QSO: Sounds From The Deep (HOTA, Home of the Arts). Featuring Guy Noble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Karin Schaupp.

4 Aug 2019: at Music On Sunday 4: Sounds From The Deep (QPAC Concert Hall). Featuring Guy Noble, Karin Schaupp, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

28 Sep 2018: at Youth and Exuberance (Bellingen Memorial Hall). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Bellingen Youth Orchestra.

13 May 2018: at Compassion (Robert Blackwood Concert Hall). Featuring Nigel Westlake, Monash Academy Orchestra.

25 Mar 2018: at Willoughby Symphony: Flight - Westlake (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Andrew Blanch.

24 Mar 2018: at Willoughby Symphony: Flight - Westlake (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Andrew Blanch.

20 Apr 2016: at ASO: Classics Unwrapped (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Guy Noble, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

20 Mar 2016: at Passion (The Q - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Matthew Withers, Leonard Weiss, National Capital Orchestra.

31 Oct 2014: at Sitsky (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Canberra Youth Orchestra.

2 Jun 2012: at TSO: White Continent (Federation Concert Hall, Hobart). Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Grams, Slava Grigoryan.

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