The importance of “others” – commissioning Australian composers
Carl Vine recently wrote of the importance of others in the creation of music: of supporters both financial and moral, of audiences, of performers. The combination of these factors and many others is essential not only to enable a composer to write new work, but for that work to be heard.
Musica Viva has always viewed the commissioning and performance of Australian works as vitally important, and 2011 has been a bumper year for commissions.In May the Goldner String Quartet & Philip Arkinstall premiered Graeme Koehne’s clarinet quintet Time is a River, commissioned by Terrey and Anne Arcus. Just yesterday the Melbourne Coffee Concert audience heard the Saguaro Trio premiere Rosalind Page’s piano trio ata whenua, commissioned by Arnold and Mary Bram. And the year is not over yet! The Goldner String Quartet & Ian Munro will soon premiere Ian’s Piano Quintet no 2, commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC. Stephen Hough’s tour includes the Australian premiere of a new work by Stephen co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and Musica Viva. And to finish the year, the Huntington Estate Music Festival will feature the premieres of two brand new works by Elena Kats-Chernin and Rosalind Page respectively. It’s always exciting to witness the birth of a new work, but it’s also fun to revisit works and so Musica Viva makes a point of programming existing works by Australian composers where possible too. Keep your eye out for works by composers including Vine, Koehne and Munro, to name just a few, in our remaining programs this year. Whether donating money for the commission of a new work, or buying a ticket to hear it performed, Australian composers value your support.