Larrakia Lament, op. 105 : for choir, didjeridu and percussion
by Andrew Schultz (2018)
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Performance by William Barton, Michael Askill, Brisbane Chamber Choir, Graeme Morton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 105
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The Bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, which killed over 250 people and caused significant damage to naval and civilian vessels, was only one of over 100 air raids on the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, between the 4th of March 1942 and 12 November 1943, most of which were downplayed or censored in order to reduce panic in the civilian population. More than half of Darwin's civilian population left the area permanently as a result of the bombing. It was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.
Larrakia Lament, scored for didjeridu, choir and taiko drummers, takes a Lutheran chorale from the era, When in the hour of need, and mixes it with excerpts of diary accounts of the bombing to evoke that terrible day. 'Larrakia' is the traditional indigenous name for the Darwin area.
Instrumentation: SATB choir, percussion (2 players, each playing taiko drums, bass drum and Peking opera gongs), didjeridu.
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Chris Latham
Commission note: Composed in response to a commission from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Composed in response to a commission from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in August 2018 for use in their 11 November 2018, Armistice Day concert in Brisbane. The project was to create musical works to represent three conflicts which for different reasons are often forgotten; the other two works in the series are by Elena Kats-Chernin and Ross Edwards.
- Has as subject/About: Commemoration of war
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