by Peter Sculthorpe

chamber orchestra
Small Orchestra
Instrumentation cl, or vlc).0.0.(cbsn) - 4000, or 3010, or 2020, or 0220 - perc(1): tam-t/susp.cym/BD - strings
First Performance
(recording) June 1996, Australia: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/David Porcelijn

Score (fp) 0-571-56583-2 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
Djilile for chamber orchestra This is one of a number of landscape-inspired works which I have based upon the indigenous Australian chant ‘djilile’, meaning ‘whistling-duck on a billabong’. The chant, in its original form, was collected by Professor A.P. Elkin during a field trip to Arnhem Land in the late 1950s. While it is still sung today, I have found that aborigines in the area do not seem to recognise it in any kind of instrumental form. To them, it appears to exist only when it is sung, a quite wondrous concept. Peter Sculthorpe

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