In a live concert given on 22 May, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs presented Peter Sculthorpe's Sun Music for Voices and Percussion at Sydney Town Hall. Brett Weymark conducted the 120 voices of the massive Philharmonia Choirs in a programme that including Killmayer’s arrangement of Orff's Carmina Burana, plus works by Deborah Cheetham, Matthew Doyle, and John Peterson.
The 9-minute Sun Music was written in 1966 and is part of a series of works with the same title composed in the sixties. The Sun Music series is quintessential Sculthorpe in that the ideas of the self are rejected in favour of a natural landscapes devoid of human intervention. In the Sun Music series, Sculthorpe embraces Aboriginal music and the musical traditions of east Asian cultures which were so influential to him.
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