Music is a gentle hammer (1991)

“Next we heard another Australian work which the River City Voices know intimately as their regular vocal and aural warm up. Sung from memory and accompanied by a deep drone from the lower strings Andrew Schultz’s Music is a Gentle Hammer was a great display of modern Australian choral writing which is freely notated with the singers tracking their path through the slow moving and gentle notes of the music in an improvisatory and collaborative manner.  As Schultz’s notes explain, “…the words of the piece speak to the idea of collaboration: ‘music is a gentle hammer for breaking down walls.’” And this concert was indeed a wonderful artistic collaboration between the ensembles, composers (four of whom were present in the audience) and artists.” [Pepe Newton, ‘River City Voices,’ Classic Ikon, 24 May 2022.]