What a lovely early Christmas present for me! Many thanks to the awesome librarians at the Sydney Conservatorium, particularly to John Wu (the very cool sites services advisor for the Con's University Library). Thanks for offering me the chance to be part of the University community and, quite literally, welcoming me into the collection!
The score and parts for my composition for wind symphony, A Meeting of Cars and Aeroplanes, is now available for perusal and borrowing in the Accessible Loans Collection at the Sydney Conservatorium. This is the first time my music has been made publicly available in hard copy, especially in an institution that was my musical home for the past four years. If anyone out there performs the work - please write to me, I'd love to hear your thoughts or questions about colour, form and shape!
But most importantly, thank you to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and University of Sydney Library services! Throughout my studies there, I think I spend more time with head buried in books than anything else. For those who know me, you know that I don't use tables and chairs and that I prefer to study on the floor - so thanks to all the library staff at the Con, Fisher and Schaeffer Fine Arts library for never once telling me to move.
I still spend more time in libraries than anywhere else (I suspect this will never change, or at least, I hope it never does), scrounging for scores and books... so it's a quite the honour (and a shock) to suddenly find myself amongst the labyrinth of dots and lines that I associate with many great minds, writers and artists!
P.S. Info about finding the work below xx
Catalogue Number: C 1527 - Authorised Loan Only
Link to borrow and find score and 40 instrumental parts:
Title: A Meeting of Cars and Aeroplanes
Composer: Victoria Pham
Year: 2016, Revised version 2017
Length of Work: Approximately 8 minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Medium to Advanced
Instrumentation: Wind Symphony (Piccolo, 4 flutes, 2 oboes, 1 cor anglais, 1 Eb Clarinet, 3 Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 1 ContraBassoon, 2 Alto Saxophone [1 soprano sax], 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Baritone Sax, 4 F French Horn, 3 Bb Trumpet, 2 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Euphonium, 2 Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion [Marimba, 2 Bass Drum, Tambourine, Police/Sports/Traffic Whistle, 2 Bongos, 2 Tom Toms, Slapstick])
To Dr John Lynch and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony
Inspired by futurist writer and musician, Russolo's writings on the 'Art of Noise' (1914), A Meeting of Cars and Aeroplanes pays homage to Russolo's theory on noise music and the organised chaos and overwhelming noise of inner-city living in Sydney. Although it is quite a fast-paced and aggressive piece, small pockets of quiet and possibly even comic moments reference the moments and experiences of isolation amongst the wild and turbulent cityscapes. You may even hear the distant sound of a busking saxophonist amongst the abrupt interjections of honking cars, passing traffic and overhead planes.