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Upcoming November performances and CD/DVD releases of works by Andrew Schultz.

After Nina is presented by the Glasshouse Trio in Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, Queensland on Saturday 7 November at 7pm. The program also includes works by Brahms, Beethoven and Frankel. Glasshouse Trio (Louise King – cello, Paul Dean – clarinet  and Stephen Emmerson – piano) contains two of the players who commissioned After Nina in 2007 – it has since had many performances by other groups as well. More information and tickets to the concert.

Prelude and Postcript for piano has its European premiere given by Antony Gray in London on Friday 13 November at 8pm at Schott’s Music Shop, 48 Gt Marlborough Street, London W1 in a concert presented by the Grieg Society of Great Britain. More information and tickets to the concert.

Lake Moonrise for mezzo, clarinet, cello and vibes is released on Sunday 15 November on a Tall Poppies CD as a part of the Halcyon collection of works, Kingfisher (Songs for Halcyon). For more details.

Endling is presented on radio and on-line by BBC3 in a performance by the BBC Ulster Orchestra/David Porcelijn – listen live on Tuesday 17 November at 2pm (UK time) or listen on-line afterwards for 10 days – here is the link for more information.

August Offensive for orchestra is presented as a part of the Australian premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Jessica Cottis at the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 7:30pmMore information and tickets to the concert. See a YouTube clip about the Gallipoli Symphony. Listen to the concert live on ABC Classic FM.

ABC Classics have just released the DVD of the August 2015 Istanbul performance of the Gallipoli Symphony (including August Offensive) given by the Istanbul State Symphony/Jessica Cottis. Catalog number is 076 2924. Here are the details





More info on the works:


Endling and Willow Bend with BBC Ulster Orchestra

The BBC Ulster Orchestra, conducted by David Porcelijn, present Willow Bend and Endling by Andrew Schultz in concerts in Ulster Hall, Belfast on  Wednesday 12 August and Friday 14 August. The concerts are a part of the BBC Radio 3 Summer Invitation Concerts with the theme of ‘Music of the Southern Hemisphere.’ The concerts also include music by Grainger, Sculthorpe, Glanville-Hicks and Kats-Chernin.  Other concerts in the series include music from New Zealand and Brazil. For all details of the concerts, broadcasts and the venue please follow this link:

Excerpts of Endling and Willow Bend can be heard on this BBC website:

For information about Endling and Willow Bend:

Watch a YouTube excerpt of Endling as used in the film, Flight:

Schultz’s August Offensive in Istanbul and Brisbane

Gallipoli Symphony premiere

Commissioned by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and supported by the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism as part of the 2015 Year of Friendship and during the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli Campaign, the World Premiere of Gallipoli Symphony was conducted at the historically-significant Hagia Irene Monumental Museum in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 August 2015. The work contains music by Australian, Turkish and New Zealand composers including Andrew Schultz’s orchestral work, August Offensive.

It was performed to an invitation-only audience by the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of United Kingdom-based Australian conductor, Jessica Cottis.  Specialist soloist musicians Michael Askill (percussion), William Barton (didgeridoo), Horomona Horo (Maori instruments), Julian Jackson (harmonica) and Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Turkish instruments) featured throughout the performance.  A combined choir including representatives from the St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace – All Hallow’s Gallipoli Choir (Australia) and the (Turkish) State Opera and Ballet provided vocal accompaniment in the first and final movements of the Symphony.

Gallipoli Symphony was also performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Cottis in Brisbane, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall, on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 7:30pm. Details:

The ABC-TV  broadcast of the Istanbul performance was available on i-view until 20 August 2015:

The ABC-TV production of the Istanbul performance is available on DVD:

The ABC Classics recording of the Brisbane performance is available on CD: and via iTunes:


Useful links

Visit the Gallipoli Symphony website for full details of the events and music.

Read more about August Offensive and its premiere at Gallipoli in 2013:

Hear an excerpt of August Offensive and read a brief interview about the piece and the Gallipoli Symphony project:

Get a recording of August Offensive from iTunes:

Read Gordon Williams program note for August Offensive.

Schultz’s Sound Lur and Serpent at Sydney Opera House

Sound Lur and Serpent is a work for brass and percussion composed by Andrew Schultz in 2014 for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s tour of China in late June and early July 2014. The orchestra, conducted by Chief Conductor, David Robertson, presented performances in Shanghai, Jinan, Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou with the new work by Schultz opening the concerts.

On 22, 23 and 24 July 2015, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra again present the work – this time under Vasily Petrenko, at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, in a program with Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Click here for details of the concert, tickets and to read more about Sound Lur and Serpent.

ABC Classic FM will broadcast the concert on Saturday 25 July at 1pm (EAT). Click here for broadcast details or to listen online.

Read a lot more about the work and watch a performance from Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts by the SSO/Robertson by following this link to an earlier blog:

Premiere of Le Molière Imaginaire for eight voices

Andrew Schultz – Le Molière Imaginaire for eight voices, Opus 99 (2015)

Text by Timothy Knapman, after the final scene of Molière’s Le Malade Imaginaire. Composed for brilliant English vocal group I Fagiolini, as part of Musica Viva Australia’s 2015 International Concert Season. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Geoff Stearn. World premiere performances in late July and early August 2015 in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Perth and Adelaide. Click here for details of when and where, and how to book a ticket.


Do you like the sight of blood

In a trickle, spurt or flood?

And would you like to disembowel,

Amputate and do such foul

Things that, in the aftermath,

Would get you labelled “psychopath”?

You could learn to be a doctor.

Causing pain’s their stock-in-trade!

[Prologue, Le Molière Imaginaire. Timothy Knapman – text, Andrew Schultz – music.]

Composer’s note:

Molière hated doctors and it seems the feeling was mutual. Molière’s play Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid, 1673) was his last. He was seriously ill when writing it and died a few hours after a performance in which he had played the major role of Argan, the wealthy hypochondriac. Throughout the play, Molière heaps scathing wit on the money-raking quackery of his medical contemporaries. Some 25 years later, an English doctor visiting Paris considered Molière to have had ‘as much malice as wit.’

The last scene of the play is in fact a musical interlude – one of three in the play. It consists of a faux medical graduation ceremony in which a budding doctor is put through his paces by the medical fraternity and tested on his capacity to provide the right solutions to various hypothetical scenarios. In keeping with the spirit of farce the ceremony is enacted in bizarre pig-Latin – not quite Latin, French or Italian, but a mixture of all three signifying the pomposity of the occasion. The medical ceremonies of the time were apparently quite elaborate with music, costumes, processions and speeches in Latin.

Whilst living in Paris at the Cité des Arts in 2014, I became interested in the fact that neither of the two main English translations of the play attempted an English version of this last scene; both leave the final scene in its original form. Perhaps this was because of the bizarre dexterity of the language or the idea that it somehow would be known and understood because of the Latin. So, after much encouragement and support from I Fagiolini’s erudite artistic director, Robert Hollingworth, and the aid of some Latinistas and Molière enthusiasts a new and contemporary version of the scene has been created by the English writer, Tim Knapman and myself for unaccompanied voices.

Andrew Schultz.

Carl Vine’s review of the premiere:

More information:

ABC Classic Fm will broadcast the concert by I Fagiolini, including Le Moliére Imaginaire, at 1pm on Thursday 20 August:

August Offensive with the TSO

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), conducted by Garry Walker, present the Australian premiere of Andrew Schultz’s August Offensive on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm in the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, in their Master Series concert.



Schultz- August Offensive

Elgar- Cello Concerto (Nicolas Alstaedt, cello soloist)


Kelly- Elegy

Elgar- Enigma Variations

Read more about August Offensive and its premiere at Gallipoli in 2013:

More details from the TSO about the program and the works:

ABC Classic Fm broadcast this concert at 1:00pm on ANZAC Day, April 25, 2015:

Hear an excerpt of the music and read a brief interview about the piece and the Gallipoli Symphony project:

Read Gordon Williams program note for August Offensive.

The Meaning of Water in Sydney

“But 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.”
[“7 Women – 7 Harps”, Live Journal,  27 June 2006]


Premiered by the extraordinary SHE – Seven Harp Ensemble (director, Alice Giles) at the American Harp Congress in San Francicso in 2006, The Meaning of Water has attracted frequent performances and broadcasts in Australia and the USA. SHE have recorded the work plus other new pieces (including pieces by Larry Sitsky and Martin Wesley Smith) on the Tall Poppies CD, “Bolmimerie” (TP204). SHE presents The Meaning of Water in their Sydney concert for Musica Viva on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

The Meaning of Water follows…seamlessly, with simple melodic fragments tossed around on rippling, surging figurations.”
[Malcolm Tattersall, Music Forum, Autumn 2011]

Tuesday 10 March 2015


Led by pre-eminent harpist Alice Giles, the heavenly sounds of S.H.E. open Musica Viva’s 2015 Sydney Coffee Concert Season. A rich and diverse program shows off the extraordinary talents of seven of Australia’s finest harpists in this graceful and spectacular ensemble.

Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street,
North Sydney

Morning tea from 10am
Concert from 11am for one hour

HANDEL Lentement and Bourrée, from Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV349 (arr. I. Bauer)
SCHULTZ The Meaning of Water
DEBUSSY Pour invoquer Pan (arr. A. Giles) Claire de Lune (arr. C. Salzedo)
WESLEY-SMITH Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers
SITSKY Fantasia no 13: Perpetuum Mobile
LECUONA Malagueña (arr. J. Andrews) 



Concert info, tickets and bookings

Read more about The Meaning of Water – Septet for harps by Andrew Schultz

Tall Poppies CD of SHE including The Meaning of Water: TP204, “Bolmimerie

Hear the concert on ABC Classic FM on Monday, March 16 at 9:30pm

Lake Moonrise with Halcyon

"Banksian Cockatoo", Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum
“Banksian Cockatoo”, Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum

Lake Moonrise is a recent work by Andrew Schultz for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and vibraphone, composed in 2013 for Halcyon’s fifteenth birthday as a part of their Kingfisher project. The piece had its first performance at a special concert of new works for Halcyon in October 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. It was performed again by Halcyon on March 29 at Sydney Conservatorium. The Kingfisher project involves a group of short new pieces by Australian composers which have now being performed in full – for more details go to

Lake moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls. The work is in the form of a prelude and fugue.

Click here to read more about the work and to see the text: Lake moonrise program note.

Click to listen to the ABC Classic FM podcast of the March performance of the work.

‘Deep blue and dirty’ podcast

Deep blue and dirty is a work written by Andrew Schultz for Adelaide bassoonist Mark Gaydon in 2011.  The ABC have released a podcast with an excellent performance of the piece and an interview with Mark Gaydon by the ABC’s Stephen Adams. With Mark on bassoon is Lucinda Collins on piano.  Click here to listen to the online podcast.

Broadcast of Ghosts of Reason from Danish orchestra

ABC Classic FM will broadcast the Symphony No 2 – Ghosts of Reason in a performance from January 2013 by the South Jutland Orchestra (David Porcelijn, conductor) at 9.30pm eastern Australian time on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

In an article that combines a review of Andrew Schultz’s Ghosts of Reason – Symphony No. 2 and an interview with the composer in the Danish magazine Klassik pt, Michael Schäfer says:

The symphony starts with the delicate sounds of a harp like the gentle swaying of grass in the breeze. The breeze intensifies and so do the tones of the harp to a degree that is almost surprising. The brass instruments have joined in although only the harp seems to be noticed. More and more instruments join in and divinely beautiful harmonies fill the room. There is somehow something unknown about it. The violins are not playing the melody. It is the usually accompanying instruments changing roles and taking over the lead. The tempo increases, but suddenly a strange kind of calm descends over the audience. How can it be that the violins continue playing? And yet, all light tones seem to have suddenly disappeared. The double bass has taken control of the orchestra! “I would like to be able to convey the scorched, rich ochre sonority found in the voices of Aborigines”, says Andrew Schultz about his work. He has definitely succeeded in doing so. We, the audience, are spell-bound by this music that takes us on a tour through the desert with whispering wind, through rich and fertile areas with birds flapping their wings, to the coast and the roar of the ocean.

Andrew Schultz’ music is filled with emotions and unexpected sounds. The overwhelming warmth of the music becomes even more striking when you have experienced the intellectual character of the composer. These are sounds that open up for his true self, showing his inner self, so warm and sympathetic. Andrew Schultz’ music touches the soul and speaks to the mind.”

Read more of the interview and article:

Hear and see a little of the work in rehearsal on Danish television (the music and interview starts at the 2:30 mark):

South Jutland Orchestra (David Porcelijn, conductor) rehearses in Christkirche, Rendsburg, Germany
South Jutland Orchestra (David Porcelijn, conductor) rehearses in Christkirche, Rendsburg, Germany