Pipeline : a work for symphony orchestra
by Cathy Applegate (2008)
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The work is in three movements reflecting the various stages of the gas pipeline project.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2-4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB grade 6 and above.
Contents note: 1. The Planning and Negotiation Phase-- 2. The Construction Phase -- 3. The Commissioning and Celebration Phase.
The music is in the traditional classical style. The middle section of the first movement references indigenous music and chant. The second movement is powerfully rhythmic with an anvil added to the percussion section. The third movement is triumphant with grand string melodies.
Commissioned by Mick McCormack, Managing Director of the APA Group to celebrate the building of the Bonaparte Gas Pipeline in 2008. This underground pipeline is 280km long and travels across some of the most isolated and beautiful parts of the Northern Territory. The composer's brief included direction that the work must be easily accessible to audiences.
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