Three Architects, Opus 91a (2012)
1. Burnham - for children's choir
A Centenary of Canberra commission composed by Andrew Schultz for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Centenary Choir. World Premiere performance by the Centenary Choir for the Centenary of Canberra conducted by Nicholas Milton on 11th March 2013.
The work consists of settings of texts from three Chicago architects: Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan and Walter Burley Griffin. Burnham and Sullivan were powerful influences on Griffin in developing his design for the city of Canberra. In its first performance for the centenary of Canberra each movement of Three Architects preceded the orchestral movements of Symphony No 3 – Century.
A noble plan, a diagram,
But will be, when we are dead,
Text: Daniel Hudson Burnham, 1907 (adapted by Andrew Schultz)
I warn you the time left for an answer is acutely brief.
For as young as you are, you are not as young as you were yesterday - And tomorrow?
Text: Louis Sullivan, ‘The Young Man in Architecture’, 1900 (adapted by Andrew Schultz)
Purity in proportion, and unity in scale.
Eliminate the useless,
A general simplicity,
Honest direct solutions.
A civilization of aspiring ideals,
Number, size, scale, place and elevation
Text: Walter Burley Griffin, ‘Federal Capital Competition Project Outline’, 1912 (extracted from original manuscript).
c. Andrew Schultz, 2012
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