From the River


chamber ensemble of 5 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
A Schubert Ensemble Commission for Young Musicians
First Performance
23.3.2001, UK, Wigmore Hall, London: children from the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music

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Peter Sculthorpe From the River This work recalls my childhood in a small village outside Launceston, in Tasmania. I spent many hours swimming in the nearby river, the North Esk. There, while swimming, I often dreamed of being a composer when I grew up. This is the concern of From the River. The middle part of the work consists of a slower section in which doubt seems to be expressed: my music teacher had told me that all the composers were dead. Such a notion, however, is soon dismissed and the earlier, flowing music returns. Peter Sculthorpe

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