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Echoes of Conflict : full orchestra

by Lachlan Wilson (1989)

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Performance by Brett Kelly, The Impossible Orchestra from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 86.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 86.

Library shelf no. CD 2889 [Available for loan]

Echoes of Conflict


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Echoes of Conflict / Lachlan Wilson.

Library shelf no. 784.2/WIL 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Echoes of Conflict is a musical reflection on the dramatic events surrounding many young Australians during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. The piece has been composed in the form of a symphonic poem and musically depicts a situation where young soldiers with mixed emotions of excitement, apprehension, and anxiety, faced an uncertain future; and how the forthcoming events created a dramatic change in their lives and personalities.

This piece has since established historic significance with the veteran community and the Australian RSL, as it is understood to be the only orchestral music relating to the Vietnam War composed by an Australian Vietnam Veteran.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Some difficult rhythmic passages in the latter section of the work

Commission note: The music was the subject of a financial grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs under the “Saluting their Service” category. The application was submitted by the Victorian branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.


Performances of this work

6 Jul 16: Victorian Government State Reception, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Featuring The Impossible Orchestra, Brett Kelly.

30 Mar 16: Allan Eaton Studios, Melbourne, VIC. Featuring Brett Kelly, The Impossible Orchestra.

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