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The Line, opus 116 : for choir and orchestra

by Andrew Schultz (2022)

Line, opus 116


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The Line, opus 116 / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. 782.554/SCH 13 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work carries the tempo marking of "Fast, savage, grotesque" and was written to commerorate the brutal, forced labour construction of the Thai-Burma railway by the Japanese in World War 2. Many Australian and Commonwealth militairy died or suffered terribly in the building as did many members of the local population. My work is a setting of my own text and draws on the Dies Irae movements of Mozart and Verdi requiems.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: SATB choir, piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, clarinet in A, bass clarinet in B flat, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 french horns in F, trumpet in D, 2 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani (4 drums), percussion (4 players), 1: xylophone and triangle (large), 2: marimba player 1 and cow bell (large), 3: marimba player 2 and whip, 4: anvil or railway track, bass drum, snare drum, suspended cymbal (large), harp, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by the Flowers of Peace and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Dies Irae movements of Mozart and Verdi requiems

Performances of this work

29 Oct 22: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra. Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir, Canberra Combined Choir, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Army Band, Chris Latham.

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