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Recent releases of videos of music by Andrew Schultz

Watch a recent performance of Andrew Schultz’s Elegy by Jéssika Arévalo (soprano), James Munro (viola) and Argentina Duran (piano), performing in Mexico City, September 2021.

Click here to  view on Facebook Watch.

Read more about Elegy.


She dances by the river by Andrew Schultz in its premiere performance given at the Canberra International Music Festival in May 2021 with Veronique Serret, violin, James Wannan, viola, Blair Harris, cello, and Sonya Lifschitz, piano.

Read more about She dances by the river.


Dark Well: two videos made in 2020-21 with excerpts from Dark Well – the large, recent work for two pianos by Andrew Schultz with audiovisual projections by Alyssa Rothwell. Performed here by Stephen Emmerson and Sonya Lifschitz.

The first video is a trailer for the work and the second an excerpt from a live workshop at Ukaria Arts Centre in South Australia during a residency funded by the Australia Council.

Read more about Dark Well.


Marian Heckenberg, double bass, and Alex Raineri, piano, play Suspended Preludes by Andrew Schultz at the Brisbane Music Festival in 2020.

Read more about Suspended Preludes.


Flock of Angels by Andrew Schultz, in its premiere performance in Sydney in November 2020 by Halcyon (Jenny Duck-Chong, voice and Geoffrey Gartner, cello). Click here to watch.

Read more about Flock of Angels.


Listen to Jeremy Williams (baritone) and Wendy Hiscocks (piano), performing in London, premiere Andrew Schultz’s Two Welsh Lullabies as part of the South Wales meets New South Wales project by CAM in November 2021. The project consists of arrangements of Welsh folk songs by Australian and Welsh composers.

Read more about Two Welsh Lullabies.

Meaning of Water digital release


The Meaning of Water…seamlessly, with simple melodic fragments tossed around on rippling, surging figurations.” 

[Malcolm Tattersall, Music Forum, Autumn 2011]


The Meaning of Water is a work for seven harps by Andrew Schultz. The work was commissioned by Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE) directed by Alice Giles in 2005. They have performed and recorded the work widely including on a Tall Poppies CD, Bolmimerie (TP204) in 2010 and in performances around Australia and the USA.

The earlier recording has now had a new digital release on Sedition making the piece available for the first time on all major digital platforms including on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.

The seven harp ensemble presents amazing and unique sound possibilities for a composer – sonorities and interplays of performers that are also well-suited to the ineffable and unstoppable qualities of water in motion.

The performer members of SHE on the recording are Alice Giles, Ingrid Bauer, Liena Lacey, Genevieve Lang, Hilary Manning, Tegan Peemoeller and Laura Tanata and the recording producer is Belinda Webster.


Play on YouTube for free – click on the image below


“…the new composition of The Meaning of Water by Andrew Schultz was I felt a masterpiece. It was like a water instrument with gurglings and churnings and words can’t describe it.” 

[Live Journal, austspecfic.livejournal.com/30448.html, 27 June 2006]


Summary

TitleThe Meaning of Water 
ArtistSHE Seven Harp Ensemble, Andrew Schultz & Alice Giles 
UPC5056495344278 
LabelSEDITION 
Release Date13 Aug 2021 
Phonographic Date2010 
Phonographic OwnerTall Poppies 
No. Tracks
GenresClassical & Classical Crossover


Read Andrew Schultz’s article about his music and the ways in which it is inspired by water.



Doppler Patrol and Dominion premiere

Two new works by Andrew Schultz have their premieres in early June 2021: Doppler Patrol for orchestra and Dominion for choir and orchestra. The works are being performed as a part of the Vietnam Requiem at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra on Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June. Performers include the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Chamber Choir. Full details and tickets here.

DOPPLER PATROL, OPUS 111 (2020)

Doppler Patrol is an orchestral work incorporating within its instrumentation the Vietnamese instrument the đàn tranh, plus the acoustic guitar and didgeridoo. The title of the work relates to its commission as a movement in the 2021 Vietnam Requiem. This particular movement tries to capture the anxiety and occasional elation in the experience of being on patrol in a forbidding dense jungle environment where threats and unfamiliarity contribute to a heightened sense of fear and awareness.

The ‘Doppler’ reference in the title refers to the falling semitone pattern heard throughout the work – suggesting the Doppler effect experience of a sound in motion dropping in pitch when moving closer and then further away. The work was commissioned by Flowers of War and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, for the Patrolling movement of the Vietnam Requiem.

DOMINION, OPUS 112 (2020)

A solemn and lyrical work for choir and orchestra written in 2020 for the 2021 Vietnam War commemoration project sponsored by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  This work divides the strings and uses the blended sonorities of voices, horns, harp and trumpets to achieve a warm and luminous sound world. The scoring omits the woodwind, percussion and the low brass; the choral parts are blended, slow-moving and chorale-like. Dominion recalls the battle at Long Tan with a text adapted from the first stanza of Dylan Thomas, ‘And death shall have no dominion.’ Dominion was commissioned by Flowers of War and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, for the Vietnam Requiem.

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Read more in this article by Christopher Latham (Artistic Director of the Flowers of War project) from Limelight magazine.

“The hardest thing about making the Vietnam Requiem is that it was a much worse conflict than we realise….To this dragon-like war of napalm and carpet bombing we are bringing our finest composers and performers to make a requiem to bathe this terrible wound, 50 years since Australia withdrew from the conflict in 1971. Made during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vietnam Requiemhas been composed by Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Schultz, Graeme Koehne and others…

The Vietnam Requiem
Back from Patrol, 1968, by Ken McFadyen. A group of Australian soldiers striding through the long grass in Biên Hòa Province, Vietnam. ART 40740 Used with the permission of the Australian War Memorial.

She dances by the river – premiere in May

She dances by the river is a new piano quartet composed by Andrew Schultz; a lyrical and lush study in slow dance-like motion commissioned by the Australian Cultural Fund in 2018. The music’s eight minutes unfolds in the three string parts over low soft chords in the piano and then builds to a strong conclusion.

Originally scheduled for its first performance in 2020, the work’s COVID-delayed premiere will be given at the Canberra International Music Festival on Friday 7 May 2021. The program also includes works by Schubert, Kats-Chernin and Piazzolla.

The performers are Veronique Serret, violin, James Wannan, viola, Blair Harris, cello, and Sonya Lifschitz, piano.

The title, She dances by the river, refers to people of courage who overcome obstacles and achieve their goals in spite of great challenges. Towards the end of the work the music references the traditional African-American spiritual song, “Down to the river to pray,” and captures a mood of affirmation and determination.

Read more about the program, Waltz to Tango, and obtain tickets for the Canberra International Music Festival here.

To listen to the concert via live-streaming on MDCH follow this link.

Schultz’s Maali album release

MAALI – CONCERTO FOR OBOE, CLARINET, HORN AND BASSOON WITH ORCHESTRA, OPUS 101 (2016)

ABC Classic will shortly release a new CD recording of Andrew Schultz’s Maali. The recording is by the West Australia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simone Young with soloists Peter Facer (oboe), Allan Meyer (clarinet), Adam Mikulicz (bassoon), and David Evans (horn) and was recorded by them in the Perth Concert Hall in August 2017. The catalogue number is 0028948554324 and the release date is 11 December 2020 (with pre-release from 4 December 2020). Maali was commissioned by Geoff Stearn for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The work was composed in Sydney in 2016. Click here to listen or purchase.

Maali is a large-scale three movement work in the tradition of the sinfonia concertante – works for a small group of concerto soloists with orchestra. In this case the soloists are the wind quartet combination of oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Each of the parts is quite challenging and virtuosic and there are also intense ensemble demands on the quartet as a group. The work is accompanied by a large orchestra including full brass and percussion sections – the orchestral scoring does omit oboe, clarinet, bassoon but includes three flutes (which have a prominent role in the work) and also includes cor anglais, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.  The latter are the bass siblings of the solo woodwind parts and with the flutes complement the sonorities of the solo instruments.

The three movements are arranged fast-slow-fast with the second movement running without break into the final movement. The first movement (with a tempo marking of “Lively, fast and playful”) is by turns rhythmically playful and expressively lyrical with the interchange of moods suggesting the natural world of great birds at play. The second movement (marked “Slow, dreamlike”) is lyrical and full of fantasy as one musical image floats into another, in each case expressively led by a soloist.

The final movement (marked “Variations: Fast, joyous”) is an extremely buoyant and jubilant set of double variations. There are two themes heard (or one theme with two halves) followed by a total of ten variations (or five pairs of variations).  The music of the double theme alternates a rhythmic melodic line (first heard in solo horn) with an answering chorale-like passage; this pattern continues through the movement.

The great birds referred to in the title, Maali, also provide a clue to the source of the musical ideas in this movement. The Noongar word Maali means black swan – these are birds that are native to the Perth region in Western Australia.

Links to listen or buy: ABC Classic or iTunes or YouTube or Spotify

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Music, Water and Space

Naxos Musicology International have recently published two articles by Andrew Schultz about his music and process, “Journeys within Musical Space: Real and Imagined” and “Music and the Meaning of Water.”  Works by Andrew Schultz that are discussed include, Beach Burial, Black River, Dead Songs, Diver’s Lament, Journey to Horseshoe Bend, The Meaning of Water, Peace, Sea-Change and Southern Ocean.

Naxos Musicology International is a new on-line journal edited by Davinia Caddy. The full articles with all of the audio links can be accessed by logging in to the Naxos Music Library (for those with a subscription) and then follow the links to Musicology or you can read PDFs here:
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Bayu digital release

 

 

Bayu, a meditative piano improvisation performed by Andrew Schultz with live electronic manipulation by Bob Scott has just been released. The piece is freely based on the Russian children’s lullaby, Bayu Bayushki Bayu. The text of that song warns a child that they need to sleep on their side or a grey wolf will come and eat them. This is not exactly a comforting message so the piece has a mysterious and somewhat unsettled mood although it is always very quiet on the surface. But maybe something is lurking under the bed!

 

The recording was made at Io Myers Studio at UNSW Sydney in November 2019. This was probably the first commercially released recording made in the new venue which features active architecture in its design. Bayu is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and from all other major digital music stores. It can also be heard on streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.  Or listen for free on YouTube.

 

Title Bayu
Artist Andrew Schultz
UPC 5054526564473
Label SEDITION
Release Date 3 Apr 2020
Phonographic Date 2020
Phonographic Owner Andrew Schultz
No. Tracks 1
Genres Classical

 

Schultz to Harvard

Photo: Guido Coppa, unsplash.com

 

Andrew Schultz has been appointed to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2021-2022 academic year.  It is a very prestigious post and unusual for someone who is a creative artist to be appointed. Indeed, the list of former chairs is like a roll call of Australia’s most eminent scholars and public figures. The joint appointment of Schultz and social anthropologist Jennifer L. Biddle is seen by Harvard to have the “potential to offer Harvard students and faculty a rich show case of the creative arts of contemporary Australia.”

Read more about the appointment in an article on the Australian Music Centre’s website.

Here is a link to some more information about the post: https://harvaus.fas.harvard.edu

Schultz on Sibelius


 

 

ABC Classic have published four on-line illustrated articles by Andrew Schultz discussing the music of Jean Sibelius.

Each of the articles discusses a different aspect of his music, work and life and tracks the development of his symphonies throughout his career.

The articles are illustrated by numerous audio and video links to performances of Sibelius’ music by some of Australia’s best orchestras and ensembles including Gondwana Voices, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adele Anthony. The articles were originally written for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Sibelius series.

The articles are a part of ABC Classic’s Read and Watch Listening Guide series and are produced by Matthew Lorenzon. Here are links to the four articles:

Sibelius and Finlandia,

Sibelius and the violin,

Sibelius and sobriety, and

Sibelius and success.

 

 

 


Silver cylinders in the shape of a sound wave make up the Sibelius memorial in Helsinki

Sibelius and success

Sibelius stopped composing long before his death, an uncommon thing for composers. Andrew Schultz explores Sibelius’ final two symphonies.


 

 

2019 Wrapped



Well — here are a few highlights for 2019 – things that may have been forgotten or never before mentioned.

 


Spotify – 2019 Wrapped

Spotify have provided an animated summary of 2019 streaming of Andrew Schultz’s music: it’s a very slick animation and some screenshots are below. Schultz highlights: 15 streams per hour; lots of people listening when they should be sleeping (or maybe they were sleeping); 194% annual increase in streams; 166% increase in listeners; 269% increase in the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Children’s Bach

The opera, based on Helen Garner’s novel of the same name, was revived for the Canberra International Music Festival in May and has since been recorded for CD release. “At the Fitters’ Workshop, an ensemble of top-quality singers and musicians brought Schultz’s vision to life.” Read some reviews of the work here.

 


Naxos Musicology International have just published Andrew’s detailed discussion of musical space, “Journeys within Musical Space: Real and Imagined”.

“The memorable physical journey down the dry bed of Central Australia’s Finke River, depicted in T. G. H. Strehlow’s Journey to Horseshoe Bend, invited metaphorical and literal translation into musical terms in my 2003 symphonic cantata of the same name (with a libretto by Gordon Kalton Williams). In this essay, I discuss the ways composers draw on existing metaphors, and create new metaphors, for real, lived experience: in particular, the way music can act as a translation and transformation of experience and gain cathartic and dramatic weight in the process. The focus is on examples from my own musical works that translate space into compositional form; and on the challenges that exploring space in an unconventional way can create for a composer in the pragmatic and often conservative world of orchestral performance traditions.”

Naxos Musicology International is a brand new on-line journal edited by Davinia Caddy. The article discusses several Schultz works released by ABC Classics including Journey to Horseshoe Bend (SSO) and various orchestral works on two TSO Composer Portrait discs. There are direct links in the article to audio excerpts from those ABC Classics recordings so that readers can also be listeners. The full article with all of the audio links can be accessed by logging in to the Naxos Music Library (for those with a subscription) and then follow the links to Musicology or you can read a PDF here:  Journeys within Musical Space: Real and Imagined.

 


Mind

St Peter’s Chorale in Brisbane recently commissioned a new Schultz work for choir and piano called Mind for performance on their extensive European tour. The tour starts in St Paul’s Cathedral, London on 28 December 2019 and ends 21 performances later in Aalholm Kirche, Copenhagen on 17 January 2020. Along the way they perform at many great venues including St George’s Memorial Church, Ypres and the Thomaskirche, Leipzig.  The choir is directed by Kathryn Morton with Phillip Gearing accompanist.

See the full tour details here: chorale-tour-venues-A3.

Read more about the Schultz composition Mind here.

 


Dark Well

Andrew has been working hard on a very large new work for two pianos with multimedia audiovisuals; the hour long work is called Dark Well.

The photos in this blog post are from two workshops for the piece – the photo at the top of this blog is from an Australia Council funded residency at UKARIA Cultural Centre in South Australia in August. The performers are Stephen Emmerson and Sonya Lifschitz (pianos) and Andrew is sitting in the seats.

The photo below is from a workshop in December at UNSW Sydney and features some of the visual, audio and video design created by Alyssa Rothwell (artist), Martin Fox (video) and Bob Scott (sound).

More details of the work and forthcoming performances to follow next year!

 

 

 

 

Season’s greetings.