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Auróra Musis Amíca

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Sally Greenaway

Sally Greenaway


Subtitle: Fanfare for Canberra


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Australian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.32


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Harp
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

An uplifting and inspiring piece for young adult/student musicians, the pieces opens with a soundscape reminiscent of the dawn bursting into colour over a still lake. It then unfolds into an uplifting and hopeful fanfare before fading back into a wash of colours for the final bars.

Commissioned by the Canberra Grammar School as part of the Centenary of Canberra 2013 and the Canberra International Music Festival.

- Program Note from publisher


Here I am, contemplating the dawn again. This early morning time has become irresistible, a moment with my thoughts and with awesome splendor. Often there are no words that can express the awareness of the universe as I watch light wash over the horizon. Dawn is friend of the muses. Aurora musis amica.

- Program Note from score


Opening with a soundscape reminiscent of the dawn bursting into colour over a still lake, the piece unfolds into an uplifting and hopeful fanfare before fading back into a wash of colours for the final bars.

Not a traditional fanfare, the piece evokes images of Canberra, Australia, located between Sydney to the north and Melbourne to the south. The opening bowed metallic percussion give a sense of that first ray of light coming from the horizon over Lake Burley Griffin and the towering National Carillon. With an ascending fifth, from G to D, the French horn summons the sun to rise further, stirring the Australian wildlife. In its entirety, the opening is a vivid crescendo leading to a remarkably clear and rich blue sky as solo trumpet gives the first statement of the fanfare, with a dance-like harmonic underpinning from the woodwinds.

Here I am, contemplating the dawn again.
This early morning time has become irresistible,
a moment with my thoughts and with awesome splendor.
Often there are no words that can express the awareness
of the universe as I watch light wash over the horizon.
Dawn is friend of the muses.
Aurora musis amica.

- Program Note by Eric Posner for the University of Victoria Wind Symphony concert program, 15 October 2021


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Kristen Zelenak, conductor) - 23 November 2021
  • University of Victoria (B.C., Can.) Wind Symphony (Steven J. Capaldo, conductor) - 15 October 2021
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Pacific Symphony (Costa Mesa, Calif.) Youth Wind Ensemble (Gregory X. Whitmore, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (JoAnn Wieszczyk, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Canberra Grammar Schools Music Departments (Craig Woodland, conductor) – 2013 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Greenaway, S. (2013). Auróra Musis Amíca : fanfare for Canberra [score]. Australian Music Centre: New South Wales.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 339.
  • Sally Greenaway website Accessed 28 June 2018