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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 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.


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.

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