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‘Symphony No. 3 – Century’ by Andrew Schultz: Full Recording and Education Kit Now On-line

 

The premiere recording of Symphony No.3 – Century  by Andrew Schultz is now available online as part of the Rewind permanent collection of Australian Music at ABC Classic FM, in a performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra/Centenary Chorus/Nicholas Milton – http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2013/06/05/3775138.htm

Commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, it is in reality two pieces; a choral piece called Three Architects, Op. 91a and an orchestral piece, Symphony No. 3 – Century, Op. 91. During the Centenary of Canberra celebrations the two pieces were performed as one, with their movements interspersed. The premiere took place in Canberra in March 2013 in front of a vast crowd (estimated at 150,000) stretching from Old Parliament House to the shores and surrounds of Lake Burley Griffin. For the future, the two works will exist as separate pieces.

The composer says:

“The texts for the three choral movements are, for movements 1 and 2, those of the two Chicago architects who most inspired Griffin’s design and approach – Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan. For the third movement the words are those of Walter Burley Griffin, from his inspired original Canberra plan submission. Although they are 100 or more years old, each text has a very pointed and direct message for the present. They are real clarion calls about what is possible in Australia.”

Canberra100 have released an Education Resource Kit about the work written by Dr Nicole Saintilan. The resource has been designed for a variety of classroom situations with three cross‑curricular (non-music specialist) lessons and six specialist music lessons. They are set at a variety of levels and aim to explore a range of ideas.

The texts are discussed to provide a starting place for the comprehension of the work. In the choral pieces we hear the idealism of the architects, a compassion for society and the individual, and the desire to create something great, something extraordinary, for the new capital city of Australia. The orchestral movements take the story further. Here we can imagine the space and grandeur of the landscape, and the natural sounds of the Australian bush, often harsh, bright, and unforgiving. Across the three orchestral movements the themes of ‘youth and idealism’, ‘struggle and the creative process’, and ‘reality and compromise’ are explored.

The development of the city of Canberra is a great Australian story, one that deserves to be celebrated in an artistic way such as this. It is hoped that this unit of study will encourage students to reflect on Canberra’s history, to reflect on the way music and musicians function within our society, and also the ways that artists across the spectrum deal with the same concepts and constraints.

An on-line ABC recording of Three Architects Op. 91a, and Symphony No. 3 – Century Op. 91 performed by Canberra Symphony Orchestra/Centenary Chorus/Nicholas Milton, the education resource kit, and musical examples from the score, are available free of charge at the Canberra100 website.

A further recent article  by Nicole Saintilan in the Resonate online journal reflects on the ideas behind the Symphony and its process of creation. “Andrew Schultz’s Symphony No. 3 – Century: building a city, building a symphony” can be read at http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/andrew-schultz-s-symphony-no-3-em-century-em

The full scores of Three Architects Op. 91a, and Symphony No. 3 – Century Op. 91 can be purchased from The Australian Music Centre (use the search box to find music by Andrew Schultz).

A studio recording of the work by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/ Hamish McKeich will be made in 2015 for CD release.

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Schultz’s August Offensive at Gallipoli

“One of the most amazing performances that I was awake to hear was the Gallipoli Symphony playing an incredibly moving piece by Australian composer Andrew Schultz. The piece, titled The August Offensive,  is part eight of ten orchestrated movements which are composed each year, leading to the 100 year anniversary. At this milestone, in 2015, all ten movements will be orchestrated into one entire symphony. The powerful and emotive music transcended time and space and so skilfully created a vivid picture of wartime.”  http://thesharechair.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/anzac-day-gallipoli-lest-we-forget.html

August Offensive, Opus 92, is a new orchestral work by Andrew Schultz that had its premiere at the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April, 2013. The work is a seven minute piece commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a part of the centenary of Gallipoli Symphony project.  The project, directed by Chris Latham, has involved the commissioning of new works by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish composers to eventually form a full length work for performance in 2015 – the centenary of the ANZAC landing. August Offensive is a climactic, fast and loud work commissioned in specific commemoration of the horrendous battles in August 1915 which saw some of the worst and most deadly fighting during the entire campaign.

Hear Chris Latham  in discussion of the symphony project on ABC Radio National’s Music Show.

Another of Andrew Schultz’s works which has taken on a war connection is the very gentle piece, Wild Flower.  It can be heard on YouTube in a performance by the Song Company from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, directed by the group’s Artistic Director, Roland Peelman.

“The Song Company, emerging from the terraces, drew with their voices the wreath across the waters, performing Andrew Schultz’s powerful contemporary Australian song Wild Flower.” Read more by Darren Mitchell about another notable performance of Wild Flower at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

August Offensive and Wild Flower can be purchased in excellent studio recordings on iTunes and other digital platforms.

Beach Burial is a 12 minute work for chorus and orchestra – a setting of Kenneth Slessor’s World War Two poem of the same name. The poem describes the burial of sailors washed ashore at El Alamein after a sea battle. The work was commissioned by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Orchestra (Brett Weymark, conductor) who gave the work its premiere in November 2009 at the Sydney Opera House. The work was a finalist in the Art Music awards for 2011. A recording and score are available from the Australian Music Centre.

For more about August Offensive, Beach Burial and Wild Flower, here is a link to the catalogue section of the composer’s website.