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Work

2014
Duration:
31' 00"
Contents:

1. Before Gallipoli (7 minutes)
2. During Gallipoli (16 minutes)
3. After Gallipoli (8 minutes)

Samples

application/pdf,283k Score (283k) pages 1 - 2 of each song© Anthony Ritchie

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Programme Note

Whispers of Gallipoli was commissioned by Robert Tucker for performances in 2015, commemorating 100 years since the ill-fated Gallipoli war campaign. These songs build a picture of events surrounding Gallipoli through extracts from poems, songs, diaries and interviews. We hear different perspectives: from eye-witness accounts, from anxious mothers, from officers in command, from poets looking back on the campaign, from death itself, personified. Text from popular culture is mixed with Maori text, and there are poems both contemporary and old. The music sometimes dramatizes these words, sometimes reflects on them.

At the heart of the song cycle is a setting of the poem Anzac by Trooper Argyle Campbell.
Whispers of Gallipoli is a comment on a disastrous campaign, and the humanity of those involved. The final song, with words taken from the Ataturk Memorial in Turkey, is a reconciliation of the two sides who took part in this battle.

Text Note:
Text by Trooper Argyle Campbell.
Commissioned:
This composition was made possible with the financial assistance of The University of Otago, 2014.
Dedication:
Dedicated to Christopher Pugsley.

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Whispers of Gallipoli, Dennis and Tucker, 220415 22 Apr 2015 Performed by Robert Tucker (baritone) and Terence Dennis (piano) at Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Terence Dennis
13 Apr 2015 A pre-premiere recording at Marama Hall, University of Otago.
Terence Dennis

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