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My Twentieth Century


My Twentieth Century

  • Date: Saturday, 18 April 2015, 8pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Australia Ensemble Subscription Series 2015 series
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

Martin Bresnick’s ensemble piece My Twentieth Century reflects, at times whimsically and reflectively, on the troubled century passed - a century of terrible conflict but also great discovery and renewal. In musical terms, this troubled century covers an enormous expressive range from the late Romanticism of Elgar’s expansive Piano Quintet, through to the wit and neoclassical spark of Ravel’s violin and cello duo, reflected back by another witty and argumentative duo by the American Elliott Carter, whose life spans the twentieth century. And at the heart of the century – and indeed in the heart of Australia’s musical life – is Peter Sculthorpe’s Irkanda IV, in a special arrangement he made for the Australia Ensemble. This threnody written in memory of Sculthorpe’s father etched out a new musical language which defined the beginning of Australia’s post-war era in musical terms, and is a fitting memorial for our much-loved colleague and friend.

Featured non-Australian music: Bresnick, Carter, Elgar

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874 or by email to australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au

Featured Australian Works

Irkanda IV : flute with string quartet by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Australia Ensemble

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