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Notes on a landscape

Video tape

Notes on a landscape : Australian composers.

  • [Sydney?] : Fitzwater Productions for the Australian Music Centre Ltd, c1980. — 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col.
  • Sales Availability: This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.
  • Library Availability: VD 25 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
4 pieces for string quartet (1971) for string quartet Don Banks
The last of his tribe (1979) for SA choir with piano Anne Boyd
Phoenix and the turtle (1974) — harpsichord with string orchestra Colin Brumby
The Upper run (1980) for big band Bruce Cale
Sky (1977) for strings Barry Conyngham
Molly's lament (1976) — septets: brass, keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind Keith Humble
Coruscations (1971) for piano solo Richard Meale
String quartet no. 2 (1980) for string quartet Richard Meale
Port Essington (1977) for strings Peter Sculthorpe

Product details

Duration: 50 min.

SUMMARY: Explores the effects of the Australian landscape and environment on Australian composition, and the way a sense of place informs the music of various composers. Composers who speak about their perception of and relation to the landscape include Peter Sculthorpe, Barry Conyngham, Don Banks, Bruce Cale, Richard Meale, Anne Boyd, Colin Brumby and Keith Humble. Includes footage of performances of: Peter Sculthorpe's 'Port Essington' and Barry Conyngham's Sky by the Australian Chamber Orchestra ; Don Banks' 'Four pieces for string quartet' by Sydney String Quartet ; Bruce Cale's 'The upper run' by the Bruce Cale Quartet ; Richard Meale's 'Coruscations' by Roger Woodward and his 'String quartet no.2' by Petra String Quartet ; Anne Boyd's 'The last of his tribe' by the Carlson Chorale ; Colin Brumby's 'The phoenix and the turtle' by the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Georg Tintner ; Keith Humble's 'Molly's lament' by an ensemble conducted by the composer ; and brief footage of Elena Kats-Chernin and Graeme Koehne at Sydney Summer School for Composers in 1980.

CREDITS: Producers: William Fitzwater, James Murdoch ; Writter/Director William Fitzwater.

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