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Work

2006
Duration:
31' 00"
Instrumentation:
3*ob.*23*; 4331; perc. (2); mezzo soprano; strings
Contents:
in four movements

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Programme Note

Described as “often beautiful and sometimes frightening” (NZ Listener), Ross Harris’s Symphony No 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent O’Sullivan’s deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score.

Text Note:
Words by Vincent O'Sullivan
Commissioned:
Written for the Auckland Philharmonia and Madeleine Pierard
Difficulty:
Advanced
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Performance History

World Premiere for P: Symphony No. 2; APO; 010606 01 Jun 2006 Performed by Madeleine Pierard (mezzo-soprano), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by Bundit Ungrangee at the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
19 Aug 2010 Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with soprano Madeleine Pierard and conductor by Marko Letonja at Auckland Town Hall, in Auckland
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra    Madeleine Pierard
21 Apr 2016 Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conductor Hamish McKeich, with Madeleine Pierard (mezzo-soprano) at the Michael Fowler Centre.
Madeleine Pierard    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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