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Program note for Paul Stanhope's "Certain Resonances"

  • by Natalie Shea
  • Source: Published by Symphony Services
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Paul Stanhope's Fantasia on a theme by Vaughan Williams comes to us tonight from the prestigious Takemitsu competition in Tokyo, where it won first prize in 2004 - the first Australian piece to even make it to the finals. Natalie Shea spoke to Paul about the experience.

Certain Resonances

Well, it wasn't quite as drawn out as Australian Idol, but it must have been a nail-biting experience all the same: five prizes announced in reverse order. 'Once the second prize was announced and my name hadn't been read out, I knew I'd won then,' says Paul, 'and I remember at that moment sort of shrinking down into my seat, not really wanting to deal with everything, it just seemed all quite overwhelming.' Which is maybe not the response you'd expect from someone who'd just beaten nearly 130 composers from around the world to win $15,000! 'I don't know - I don't think I'd ever counted on winning. It really hadn't ...