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The glass soldier : an orchestral suite in 5 movements

by Nigel Westlake (2007)

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Performance by Jean-Louis Forestier, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from the CD Shimmering light

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Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, (both doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (1st doubling E flat clarinet, 2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players +2 optional extra players for Movt II), piano (doubling celesta), harp, strings.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional orchestra

Contents note: The glass soldier -- The age of destruction -- White birds fly over the Valley of the Somme -- Symphonies of glass -- I was blinded, but now I see.

Written for: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Payne

Commission note: Commissioned by Don Farrands in memory of his grandfather N.H. Ferguson.

First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra, Arvo Volmer at AYO & Westlake's The Glass Soldier (Melbourne Town Hall) on 19 Feb 2013


Program note: Nigel Westlake's "Glass soldier suite"
by Nigel Westlake

Resonate article: 2008 Classical Music Awards - Finalists by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

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

6 Oct 2018: at The Diggers' Requiem (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring The Australian War Memorial Orchestra & Choir, Chris Latham.

16 Jun 2018: at Willoughby Symphony: Remembrance (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Luke Spicer, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

17 Jun 2018: at Willoughby Symphony: Remembrance (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Luke Spicer.

26 Mar 2015: at The Glass Soldier - an ANZAC Tribute (James Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies' College). Featuring Louis Sharpe, Hopkins Sinfonia.

14 May 2014: at The Glass Soldier (Fitters' Workshop). Featuring Chris Latham.

19 Feb 2013: at AYO & Westlake's The Glass Soldier (Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring Arvo Volmer, Australian Youth Orchestra.

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