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Premiere performances in 2013

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. Kühn Choir of Prague conducted by Marek Vorlicek, Prague Academy of Music, 8 January 2013. EP.

Symphony No. 2 – Ghosts of Reason. South Jutland Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Porcelijn, Denmark and Germany, 17 & 18 January 2013. EP.

Symphony No. 3 – Century. Canberra Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Milton, Centenary of Canberra, Commonwealth Place, Canberra, 11 March 2013. WP.

Three Architects (for choirs). Canberra Symphony Chorus conducted by Nicholas Milton, Centenary of Canberra, 11 March 2013. WP.

August Offensive (for orchestra). Gallipoli Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chris Latham, Gallipoli, Turkey, 15 April 2013. WP.

Twelve Variations for piano duet. Stephen Emmerson and Chen Hua. Silk Road Great Wall International Music Festival, Jiayuguan, Gansu province, China, 3 August 2013. ASP.

Peace (for orchestra). Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja, Federation Hall, Hobart, 16 August 2013 (also Burnie, Tasmania on 17 August). WP.

Stille Sprache. Felicitas Fuchs, Qian Zhou, Bernard Lanskey, Bangalow Festival, 16 August 2013. AP.

Lake Moonrise. Halcyon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 23 October 2013. WP.

WP - World Premiere; ASP - Asian Premiere; EP - European Premiere; AP - Australian Premiere.

Recent premieres

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marko Letonja, premiered a new 13 minute orchestral work, Peace, by Andrew Schultz in August 2013 in Hobart and Burnie. Peace, Opus 93 (2013) takes its title from one of JMW Turner’s most well-known paintings, Peace – Burial at Sea (1842). The painting commemorates the burial at sea of a friend of the artist and shows a dark ship with black sails surrounded by glassy sea, a luminous sky and a distant tower or lighthouse. In the centre of the painting is an eye-catching eruption of mysterious light through the bow of the ship.

August Offensive, Opus 92 (2012), is a new orchestral work by Andrew Schultz that had its premiere at the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April, 2013. The work is a seven minute piece commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a part of the centenary of Gallipoli Symphony project.  The project, directed by Chris Latham, has involved the commissioning of new works by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish composers to eventually form a full length work for performance in 2015 – the centenary of the ANZAC landing. August Offensive is a climactic, fast and loud work commissioned in specific commemoration of the horrendous battles in August 1915 which saw some of the worst and most deadly fighting during the entire campaign.

Lake Moonrise is a new work by Andrew Schultz for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and piano composed in 2013 for Halcyon’s fifteenth birthday as a part of their Kingfisher project.  The piece had its first performance at a special concert of new works for Halcyon on Wednesday 23 October at The Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Lake Moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls. The work is in the form of a prelude and fugue.

Premiere of Symphony No. 3 ‘Century’ – recording, reviews, articles and education kit

The premiere recording of Symphony No.3 – Century by Andrew Schultz is now available online as part of the Rewind permanent collection of Australian Music at ABC Classic FM, in a performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra/Centenary Chorus/Nicholas Milton.

Commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the work is in reality two pieces; a choral piece called Three Architects, Op. 91a and an orchestral piece, Symphony No. 3 – Century, Op. 91. During the Centenary of Canberra celebrations the two pieces were performed as one, with their movements interspersed. The premiere took place in Canberra in March 2013 in front of a vast crowd (estimated at 150,000) stretching from Old Parliament House to the shores and surrounds of Lake Burley Griffin.

Some press comments:

“Schultz has mapped out a symphonic scheme that could be a blueprint for Canberra’s long vistas and ordered avenues.” Read Matthew Westwood’s article in The Australian.

“The Symphony No. 3 “Century” by Andrew Schultz was a resounding success, drawing a standing ovation, wolf whistles and prolonged applause.” Read the full review from Clinton White from City News.

Century is excellent. It is epic. It is powerful and beautiful”.  Read Chris Wallace’s review in full.

“Composer Andrew Schultz’s musical celebration of Canberra is inspired by radical ideas and bold landscapes.” Read Larissa Nicholson’s article The Canberra Times in full.

Canberra100 have released an Education Resource Kit about the work written by Nicole Saintilan. The resource has been designed for a variety of classroom situations with three cross‑curricular (non-music specialist) lessons and six specialist music lessons. An on-line ABC recording of Three Architects Op. 91a, and Symphony No. 3 – Century Op. 91 performed by Canberra Symphony Orchestra/Centenary Chorus/Nicholas Milton, the education resource kit, and musical examples from the score, are available free of charge at the Canberra100 website.

A further recent article by Saintilan in the Resonate online journal reflects on the ideas behind the Symphony and its process of creation. “Andrew Schultz’s Symphony No. 3 – Century: building a city, building a symphony”

Ghosts of Reason – Symphony No 2 in Denmark and Germany

A review of the January 2013 European performances of Andrew Schultz’s Ghosts of Reason – Symphony No 2 and an interview with the composer appears in the Danish magazine Klassik pt.

Michael Schäfer writes of the work:
The symphony starts with the delicate sounds of a harp like the gentle swaying of grass in the breeze. The breeze intensifies and so do the tones of the harp to a degree that is almost surprising. The brass instruments have joined in although only the harp seems to be noticed. More and more instruments join in and divinely beautiful harmonies fill the room. There is somehow something unknown about it. The violins are not playing the melody. It is the usually accompanying instruments changing roles and taking over the lead. The tempo increases, but suddenly a strange kind of calm descends over the audience. How can it be that the violins continue playing? And yet, all light tones seem to have suddenly disappeared. The double bass has taken control of the orchestra! “I would like to be able to convey the scorched, rich ochre sonority found in the voices of Aborigines”, says Andrew Schultz about his work. He has definitely succeeded in doing so. We, the audience, are spell-bound by this music that takes us on a tour through the desert with whispering wind, through rich and fertile areas with birds flapping their wings, to the coast and the roar of the ocean.

Andrew Schultz’ music is filled with emotions and unexpected sounds. The overwhelming warmth of the music becomes even more striking when you have experienced the intellectual character of the composer. These are sounds that open up for his true self, showing his inner self, so warm and sympathetic. Andrew Schultz’ music touches the soul and speaks to the mind.”

Read more of the interview and article.

Hear and see a little of the work in rehearsal on Danish television with the South Jutland Orchestra conducted by David Porcelijn (the music and interview starts at the 2:30 mark).

Two new recording releases

Antony Gray has recorded a three CD set of piano music featuring transcriptions and reworkings of Bach’s music; the set has now been released on ABC Classics.  The release includes Andrew Schultz’s Sleepers Wake – Karalananga – writing in Limelight Magazine, Tony Way has described the piece as “an impressive evocation.” The work is on the Piano Transcriptions CD (ABC Classics, ABC 4765171).

The Kühn Mixed Choir of Prague, conducted by Marek Vorlicek, has released the unaccompanied choral works, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz on the American label, Navona Records. The works are on the Foundations CD (Navona, NV5939).

Deep blue and dirty podcast

Deep blue and dirty is a work written for Adelaide bassoonist Mark Gaydon in 2011.  The ABC have released a podcast with an excellent performance of the piece and an interview with Mark Gaydon by the ABC’s Stephen Adams. With Mark on bassoon is Lucinda Collins on piano.  Click here to listen to the online podcast.

Australia Ensemble perform Schultz on YouTube

Excellent performances by the Australia Ensemble of After Nina – Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Circle Ground – Septet No 2 and One Sound – Quintet for flute and strings by Andrew Schultz are now viewable on YouTube.

After Nina – Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Opus 73 (2007)
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Circle Ground – Septet No 2, Opus 52 (1996)
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One Sound – Quintet for flute and strings, Opus 90 (2012)
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Joyride on Vimeo

Alyssa Rothwell’s short animated film, Joyride is based on the Andrew Schultz composition for instrumental sextet from 2009, Ether Etude. It is only two minutes of music but there are hundreds of individual drawings in the animation – such as the image shown above. The film has had screenings, including  at the  Melbourne International and Australian International Animation Festivals in 2012 and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the Music to Movement Festival and the National Art School Drawing Symposium in Sydney in 2013.
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Music and emotion: ABC-TV Big Ideas

A recent episode of the ABC-TV program, Big Ideas, has performances of Andrew Schultz’  One Sound and After Nina and a discussion with Emery Schubert, Emma Ayres and Andrew Schultz about ‘Music and Emotion’.

“What happens when you listen to music? What happens in your brain? And what makes music sad, poignant or joyful? What are the cognitive and physiological processes in our brains? And how easy is it as a composer to shape and extract emotional responses to particular compositions?

When you’ve heard Andrew Schultz’s composition ‘After Nina’ you’ll want to listen again to that extraordinary song ‘Strange Fruit’ sung by Nina Simone or to go back to the original version sung by Billie Holiday at her very best. The performances are by the Australia Ensemble based at UNSW.” [ABC promotional material.]

Watch the program on-line from the ABC website.

Some recent reviews: “eloquent, spare writing”

 “Having been very impressed a few years ago by Andrew Schultz’s cantata, Journey to Horseshoe Bend, I approached this collection of his orchestral works with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. He is, in my opinion, one of the finest composers in this country today.”

Read in full the recent Fine Music review of Schultz – Orchestral Works, ABC Classics CD (TSO/Mills/Pike).

“Schultz’s eloquent, spare writing.”
Read in full the Sydney Morning Herald review of After Nina as played by Selby and Friends in their recent concert series.

“Precisely in its serenity and inner calm, this music has something both heartbreaking and deeply moving… This is music for eternity.”

Read in full the Codaex review of Schultz – Orchestral Works, ABC Classics (TSO/Mills/Pike).

“One of the most amazing performances that I was awake to hear was the Gallipoli Symphony playing an incredibly moving piece by Australian composer Andrew Schultz. The piece, titled August Offensive, is part eight of ten orchestrated movements which are composed each year, leading to the 100 year anniversary…The powerful and emotive music transcended time and space and so skilfully created a vivid picture of wartime.”

Read more of The Share Chair‘s blog regarding the event.

“When combined with harmony that sought, as it were, to derive itself from first principles, the effect was a bright pristine quality,…cadenza-like flourishes…proliferated in the final section with spectacular brilliance…the affirmative clarity of form and idea struck a new and intriguing tone.”

Read in full the Sydney Morning Herald review of One Sound as played by the Australia Ensemble

“The Song Company, emerging from the terraces, drew with their voices the wreath across the waters, performing Andrew Schultz’s powerful contemporary Australian song Wild Flower.” 

Read more about a notable performance of Wild Flower at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park

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