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Sheet Music: Score

Waratah : for SATB choir, brass and percussion / Matthew Orlovich.

by Matthew Orlovich (2001)


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The work, a setting of Roland Robinson's poem 'Waratah', concerns a flower which, sprung from Eden earth, burns amidst drenched depths of blue-grey bush.

When composing the music, I found inspiration in the poet's contrasting images. His description of the waratah as a fierce and holy flower suggested to me both savage and sanctified musical ideas, as did his image of a misted, mauve-grey light glistening through crowding depths of fronds and spears and blades.

A waterfall, spilling from fern-hung heights, inspired the cascading music which flows to my setting of the final verse, wherein, the waratah is left to burn on, through the centuries, in the bush and rain.

Pages: 1 score (46p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins, 45 sec.

Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

First performance by Brett Weymark, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Philharmonia Ensemble — 7 Jul 01. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Includes programme note by composer, performance directions and text from poem.

Revised 2008

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2008.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-421-5

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