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Three Architects, Opus 91a (2012)

1. Burnham - for children's choir
2. Sullivan - for adult choir
3. Griffin - for children's and adult 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.

1. Burnham
Make no little plans,
They have no magic.
Make big plans - aim high,
In hope and work.

A noble plan, a diagram,
Once drawn, is made.
A noble, logical diagram
Once recorded, will never die.

But will be, when we are dead,
A living thing.
It will insist:
Let your watchword be order
And your beacon beauty.

Text: Daniel Hudson Burnham, 1907 (adapted by Andrew Schultz)

2. Sullivan
Do you, or do you not, intend to be architects in whose care
Democracy may entrust its dreams and aspirations?

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?
Tomorrow!

Text: Louis Sullivan, ‘The Young Man in Architecture’, 1900 (adapted by Andrew Schultz)

3. Griffin
Unity is essential to the city –
So complex a problem requires a simple organism.

Purity in proportion, and unity in scale.

Eliminate the useless,
Eliminate what serves no role.

A general simplicity,
A maximum of repetition,
A maximum of rhythm.

Honest direct solutions.

A civilization of aspiring ideals,
So limitless,
Greater than any on earth.

Number, size, scale, place and elevation
Work in one simple pattern.

Text:  Walter Burley Griffin, ‘Federal Capital Competition Project Outline’, 1912 (extracted from original manuscript).

c. Andrew Schultz, 2012

 

 

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