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Article: Composer Andrew Schultz gives Canberra a capital work

  • by Matthew Westwood — © The Australian
  • Source: The Australian, 9 March 2013
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ORCHESTRAL music has been written for all sorts of occasions, from the joyous to the tragic. Handel's Music for the
Royal Fireworks was composed for a pyrotechnic display in London's Green Park in 1749. Few may realise it was
intended to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, but many still pop champagne corks to Handel's
exuberant fanfares.
On a more sombre note, consider the memorial written by US composer John Adams to honour the victims of the September
11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On the Transmigration of Souls was performed by the New York Philharmonic soon after the first
anniversary of the tragedy.
But how to write a symphony that will commemorate a historically important but otherwise prosaic ...