THE BAND DOWN UNDER
by Michael Burch-Pesses
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"The piece is inspired by the landscape and an ancient aboriginal dreamtime story. It takes students on a unique and sequential journey towards musical independence by teaching musical concepts within the context of a composition. It encourages students to become sensitive thinkers and listeners as they develop their playing skills."
Conductor Emeritus, New England Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble
“Into the Sun” is a scrapbook of stories regarding first passage to Australia; whether it be as free settlers in the 1800s, post World War II immigrants or refugees seeking asylum.
“The first time I saw the coloured lights of Sydney I thought it was like a fairy tale. During the war in Germany, there were no lights at all, least of all coloured lights… we walked down the steps from the ship and I stepped onto the soil and I thought, “May we all be very happy and may we have lots of luck”.
Helen Simanowsky, Ukraine, first arrived 1948
- Excerpt from the opening of 'Into the Sun'
- Commissioned by the Western Sydney Combined Public Schools Concert Band