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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

 

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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

Schultz’s Sound Lur and Serpent – SSO in China and Sydney

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Bronze Age Lur; 13th-5th Century B.C.

Sound Lur and Serpent is a work for brass and percussion composed by Andrew Schultz 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 again present the work – this time under Vasily Petrenko, at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Click here for details.

Composer’s Note – Sound Lur and Serpent,  for brass and percussion, Opus 98 (2014)

Sound lur and serpent is a short work that taps into the mythology and drama of brass and percussion and their use to signal, warn and celebrate. The work was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson, for the orchestra’s 2014 tour of China. The work was composed during a period as an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in April 2014.

Sound lur and serpent. Strike drum and gong. Run!  Fire breathes to swallow. Flee, while flee you can.

In 2010 I came across the wonderful collection of ancient musical instruments in the Deutsches Museum in Munich which includes a Lur from the Bronze Age and some more recent Serpents.  The Lur and Serpent are old brass instruments with extraordinary primal shapes drawing on the horns of great beasts and the curves of snakes. Whilst at the Museum I wrote the above short poem in my sketchbook and made a note, “Lur and Serpent – a good starting point for a fanfare.”

A few months before that, in November 2009, the weather bureau had issued Australia’s first Catastrophic bushfire danger rating.  The ratings of High, Very High, Severe and Extreme were no longer enough to cope with the continual and terrifyingly increasing presence of summer bushfires in the world’s driest inhabited continent. The two things – the presence of fire and the signalling power of brass and percussion – have merged in my mind to lead to this piece.

Andrew Schultz



Lur Photo Attribution:  Anagoria via Wikimedia Commons

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