Gordon Hamilton / composer

composer / conductor

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QYS Premiere of 'Symphony With Just One Theme'

  • QPAC Concert Hall Grey Street South Brisbane, QLD, 4101 Australia (map)

Adult $39 | Concession $32 | Full Time Student $16

Hamilton | Symphony With Just One Theme (World Premiere)
Barber | Violin Concerto (soloist, Dene Olding)
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 6


Preview of the first movement, 'Snap'...

In this little symphony commissioned by John Curro and Queensland Youth Symphony, each of the three movements is based on the same tune: G Db C F E G Ab

The duration is short (an appeal to my own attention span). The age of the Long Symphony is done: we have HBO miniseries to get the job done now.

When a concert opener was suggested, the first thought I had was to avoid a clumsy recapitulation at the two-thirds mark. The compact ten-minute concert opener can be a punchy, satisfying form, though I like the feeling of material developing into something new without the obligation to recapitulate. Composing in three movements encourages this. While the theme remains the same across all three movements, no actual inter-movement repetition occurs. The result is (I hope) a sparkly concert overture in three sections.


Later Event: June 1
Performance of 'Snap' by TSO