Instrumentation

picc.2.3(III=ca).2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4221 - perc(4): timp/4 timbale/tam-t/2 anvil/2 wdbl/4 susp.cym/xyl/crot/2 BD/4 tom-t/2 bongo/mar/t.bells/SD/2 brake drum/2 tpl.bl/vib/glsp - harp - strings

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Programme Notes

Percussion Symphony began life as a commission for the Synergy percussion ensemble. They then thought it would be more interesting as a concerto-style work for four percussion and orchestra, and the ABC kindly adopted the work as a commission for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra featuring Synergy. Although a quartet concerto in intent, the finished work sits more comfortably as an extension of my previous four symphonies, and is thus titled Percussion Symphony (Symphony No. 5). From the first sketches the work was to be in five movements featuring a heavily rhythmic opening and a Tarantella finale. These two prominent features remain, although the middle three movements (originally slow-fast-slow) have been absorbed into a single extended slow movement with a rapid bridge at its centre. The work was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with financial assistance from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Reviews

‘Its appeal is considerable and direct. The main body of its first section rides on energetic, syncopated dance-like rhythms, often with a Latin flavour. The middle, generally slower, section revolves around a core of instrumental dissension . . . Vine's invention is brilliantly appropriate for his purposes.’

The Sydney Morning Herald (Roger Covell), 20 March 1995

Percussion Symphony

Martinskirche (Basel, Switzerland)

Sinfonieorchester TriRhenum Basel, Julian Gibbons

Percussion Symphony

Wehratalhalle (Todtmoos, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

Sinfonieorchester TriRhenum Basel, Julian Gibbons

Percussion Symphony

No Venue (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Preston Symphony Orchestra

Percussion Symphony

8pm

Quarry Amphitheatre (Perth, WA, Australia)

West Australian Ballet, chor. Terence Kohler

Percussion Symphony

8pm

Quarry Amphitheatre (Perth, WA, Australia)

West Australian Ballet, chor. Terence Kohler