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Schultz premiere performances

 

SSO/Thatcher perform Endling in Newcastle 2016.

SSO/Thatcher perform Schultz’s Endling in Newcastle 2016.

 

 

Premiere performances, 2014-17

WP – World Premiere; AP – Australian Premiere; ASP – Asian Premiere; EP – European Premiere

 

New work – Cantata (libretto, Katherine Firth). St John’s Camerata and Choir, St John’s Southbank, Melbourne, 3 December 2017. WP.

Maali – Concerto for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simone Young; soloists: Peter Facer (oboe), Allan Meyer (clarinet), Jane Kirchner-Lindner (bassoon), David Evans (horn), Perth Concert Hall, 4 & 5 August 2017. WP.

Sleepers Wake – Karalananga. Bernard Lanskey, World Classical Music Series, Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai, 16 December 2016. ASP.

Night Flight. Sophie Rowell and Kristian Chong, Melbourne Recital Centre, 2 May 2016. AP.

Nocturnes and Variations. Stephen Emmerson, Conservatory Concert Hall, National University of Singapore, 17 February 2016. ASP.

Gallipoli Symphony (includes August Offensive, large orchestra version). Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis, Concert Hall, Qld Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, 24 November 2015. AP

Prelude and Postscript. Antony Gray, Grieg Society of Great Britain – Schott’s Music Shop, London, 13 November 2015. EP.

Nocturnes and Variations. Stephen Emmerson, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, 28 October 2015. WP.

Paradise and Prelude and Postscript. Halcyon, Io Myers Theatre, UNSW, Sydney, 17 September 2015. AP.

Endling and Willow Bend. BBC Ulster Orchestra conducted by David Porcelijn, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12-14 August 2015. EP.

Gallipoli Symphony (includes August Offensive, large orchestra version). Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis, Hagia Irene Monumental Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 4 August 2015. WP.

Le Molière Imaginaire. I Fagiolini, Sydney Recital Hall (also Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth), Musica Viva International Concert Series, 25 July – 8 August 2015. WP.

Sound Lur and Serpent. Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 22-24 July 2015. AP.

Paradise. Felicitas Fuchs, Li-Wei Qin, Bernard Lanskey, La Longtaine, Montigny sur Loing, France, 8 June 2015. WP.

August Offensive. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, 27 March 2015. AP.

St Peter’s Suite. St Peter’s Symphonic Winds conducted by Andrew Schultz, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, 2 August 2014. WP.

Sound Lur and Serpent. Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, China (also Jinan, Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou), 24 June–5 July 2014. WP.

 

For more information on these performances, the website andrewschultz.net, has been updated and includes recent catalogue additions, press reviews and recording releases.

Paradise returns

On Saturday, 10 September, 2016 Halcyon again present Schultz’s Paradise, five songs for soprano, cello and piano. The work will be presented as part of a program of new and recent music called The Poet’s Voice.

The Poet’s Voice
Sept 10 at 5pm
St Bede’s Anglican Church
14 College St Drummoyne
Tickets $35/$25
Bookings:  classikon.com.au
Enquiries: info@halcyon.org.au

 

Paradise, Opus 95 (2013) is a cycle of five songs for soprano, cello and piano written for Felicitas Fuchs, Li-Wei Qin and Bernard Lanskey. They gave its first performance in June 2015 at La Loingtaine, Paris. Halcyon gave the Australia premiere shortly afterwards in September 2015. The work is a setting of the composer’s own texts in which a physician observer wrestles with the small-scale detail and the large-scale effect of an horrific and violent event.

 

Composer’s note:

‘For some time I have either been writing my own texts or quietly editing, translating and adapting pre-existing texts to suit my musical purposes. In choosing to write my own texts I have been attracted by the freedom and precision of expression this allows me to bring to my vocal music. This is partly because of the inevitable constraints that a text places on a composer but also because I am looking for a personal, specific and clear expression of ideas and that requires a high level of unity of artistic means.

In the case of Paradise the subject matter of the work’s texts is sensitive and tricky to pull off. This work occupies a similar creative space to my opera, Going Into Shadows, in the way it addresses brutal violence and its aftermath in the contemporary world. Finding a way to deal with this material is an artistic challenge that is very important to me so I’m very grateful for the support of two groups of wonderful performers.’

Endling with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

 

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Toby Thatcher present Andrew Schultz’s orchestral work Endling (2007) on their forthcoming tour of regional New South Wales. The programs also include works by Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev.

The concerts are at:

Newcastle – Civic Theatre, Tuesday 24 May 2016, 7:30pm (more details and tickets)

Taree – Manning Entertainment Centre, Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7:30pm (more details and tickets)

Port Macquarie – Glasshouse, Friday 27 May 2016, 6:30pm (more details and tickets)

 

Civic Theatre promotional material:

“Hear the musicians of the SSO with dynamic young conductor Toby Thatcher in a program that begins at the heart of the orchestral repertoire with Mozart and ends with a cheeky nod to the Classical age by Prokofiev. In between are the vibrant and graceful melodies of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and beautifully serene music by Andrew Schultz – soaring and noble sounds inspired by the transience of the natural world. The soloist for the night is SSO principal Ben Jacks, playing the most popular of the Mozart horn concertos in what promises to be an exhilarating performance.”

MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, K495
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5
SCHULTZ: Endling
PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony

 

Composer’s note about Endling:

Nature has defined the “endling” as the “last surviving individual of a species or plant.” This piece flows from a feeling of immense regret and sorrow about all that has been lost from the face of the earth.

Read more about the piece: www.andrewschultz.net/programs/endling.html

Read reviews of Endling from other performances: Endling reviews

 

Night Flight in Melbourne

William Morris Hunt, The Horses of Anahita or The Flight of Night

William Morris Hunt, The Horses of Anahita or The Flight of Night (circa 1850)

 

The brilliant Sophie Rowell (violin) and Kristian Chong (piano) present a performance of Night Flight (2003) by Andrew Schultz in Melbourne in May 2016.

Monday 2 May 2016, 6 – 7pm, Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre31 Sturt StreetMelbourneVictoria, 3006 More Details

Night Flight was originally written as the fourth movement from a larger sextet, called “Mephisto”, in 1990. The Ukrainian virtuoso Dmitiri Tkachenko, who had played the violin part in that work on several occasions, commissioned this transcription for violin and piano for concerts with Kristian Chong in London in November 2003.  The piece is a danse macabre for the modern age. The idea for its frenetic energy came whilst taking off at night in an airplane and the work makes reference to the frantic and fantastic horse rides of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 2 and Schubert’s song, Erlkönig.

Who rides so late through the night and the wind?
It is the father with his child;
He folds the boy close in his arms,
He clasps him securely, he holds him warmly.
[Johann Goethe, Erlkönig, trans. Phillip Miller]

 

November matters

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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

 

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More info on the works: www.andrewschultz.net

Nocturnes and Variations premieres in Brisbane

The first performance of Nocturnes and Variations for piano, opus 96 (2014) will be given by Stephen Emmerson in Brisbane in October. The work is a 15 minute, three movement piece commissioned by Stephen Emmerson and Griffith University. The two outer movements are nocturnes and the middle, larger movement is a set of variations. Stephen plays the work in a concert of piano music at the Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Grey Street, South Brisbane on Wednesday, 28 October at 6:00pm.

For more details and to book tickets: http://www.conevents.com.au/doppleganger/

 

 

Composer’s Note: Andrew Schultz – Nocturnes and Variations for piano, Opus 96 (2014)

“In unlit places without streetlamps or yelping neon, night is profound and often comes as ease. Relief from looking out for and away from.” [Toni Morrison, Love]

  1. Nocturne – Lento
  2. Variations – Sostenuto e misterioso
  3. Nocturne – Liquido (quasi senza misura)

This 15 minute work was completed in early 2014 and was commissioned by my friend, the wonderful pianist Stephen Emmerson, to whom the work is also dedicated. The two outer movements are nocturnes and the middle, larger movement is a set of variations. The two nocturnes are muted and atmospheric night pieces that unfold slowly but with more jubilant passages at their centre. The outer movements frame the larger central variations movement. In all there are 31 variations of four bars each, based on the harmonically ambiguous but simple four bar chordal theme that opens the movement. Each variation draws on the opening material of the theme but also takes up the material of the surrounding variations; hopefully, that achieves a kind of organic flow and dramatic shape in the overall set of variations.

 

PS. Read about Stephen Emmerson’s recent performance of the work in February 2016 in Singapore:

“…this was a performance which did not so much shed light on the music as illuminate it warmly from within….That is certainly what Emmerson did with the haunting set of variations written for him by Andrew Schultz. With its echoes of Peter Sculthorpe, this captivating piece added to the growing sense that a distinct musical language is coming out of Australia which is as unique and starkly beautiful as the land itself.” [Marc Rochester, “A rare chamber treat,” The Straits Times, 20/2/16.]

 

Halcyon

In September, three concerts by Sydney ensemble Halcyon present five works by Andrew Schultz.

 

WINTER MOON SECRETS

Friday 4th Sept 2015 at 7.30pm
Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The program features the premiere of A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) by Larry Sitsky scored for mezzo, violin, cello, piano and percussion.

The program also features Andrew Schultz’s I am writing in this book (2011) written for soprano, mezzo, cello, double bass, harp, percussion and piano. Commissioned by Halcyon, and workshopped with Andrew during a Bundanon residency, it is a collection of five songs on texts drawn from 10th century writer Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book.

Sohmon III (1988), by eminent Japanese composer Minoru Miki, sets poetry from the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man’Yoshi (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) dating from the seventh and eight centuries in a work for soprano, piano and percussion.

Halcyon is pleased to welcome koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura for this program.  She will be performing two solo works composed for her: Interlude from Koto Dreaming (2003) by Ross Edwards and Garden (2006) by Rosalind Page.

Tickets $35/$25 through Classikon

For more details click here

Image (at right, above): Moon with a View by Kay Stratman

 

DITTIES

Tuesday 15th September  6pm

Wyselaskie Auditorium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Ken Murray (guitar) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano) present a recital of Australian songs written for voice and guitar over the past three decades. Featuring Matthew Hindson’s Insect Songs, John Peterson’s Of Quiet Places, Helen Gifford’s Spell Against Sorrow, several songs from Ditties by Andrew Schultz, and songs by Christine McCombe.

For more details click here

 

 

PARADISE

Thursday 17th September 1-2pm
Io Myers Studio, University of NSW,  Sydney

Halcyon presents a  lunchtime program for voice, cello and piano by Andrew Schultz and Rosalind Page.  Features To The Evening Star (2009) Prelude and Postscript  for piano (2015)* and Paradise (2013)* by Schultz and Being and Time III: Paradiso (2015) by Page.

Australian premiere

Admission: free

For more details of the date and venue click here

Download the concert program: Paradise_program

More details of the works by Andrew Schultz

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/r3_summer_invitation_2015

Excerpts of Endling and Willow Bend can be heard on this BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/4782cba7-8703-4258-881f-0a56dd6a2333

For information about Endling and Willow Bend:

http://www.andrewschultz.net

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oHTeJBVNQ0

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: http://qso.com.au/special-events/gallipoli-symphony

The ABC-TV  broadcast of the Istanbul performance was available on i-view until 20 August 2015: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/gallipoli-symphony/FA1425H001S00

The ABC-TV production of the Istanbul performance is available on DVD: https://shop.abc.net.au/products/gallipoli-symphony-dvd

The ABC Classics recording of the Brisbane performance is available on CD: https://shop.abc.net.au/products/qld-symphony-gallipoli-symphony-cd and via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/gallipoli-symphony-viii.-august/id1096207171?i=1096207959

 

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: http://wp.me/p28SRX-5E

Hear an excerpt of August Offensive and read a brief interview about the piece and the Gallipoli Symphony project: http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/musical-tributes-anzac-centenary

Get a recording of August Offensive from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/schultz-august-offensive-for/id836022448

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: http://wp.me/p28SRX-8A