Symphony No. 1

Leunig's Prayer Book

Composed for Wind Symphony. Grade 6. 
Commissioned by the Australian Wind Band Commissioning Consortium.

"Jodie Blackshaw’s Symphony No. 1 (2019) carries the subtitle Leunig’s Prayer Book, a genuflection towards those much-loved cartoons and verses of Michael Leunig, in this case four poem-prayers reflecting on the arrival of the four seasons. In terms of scope and aspiration, Blackshaw’s 25 minute symphony is a major work, inflating Leunig’s endearing line-drawings and affecting poetry to almost Mahlerian proportions."


Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine March 2019


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World premiére recording: Dr. John Lynch with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony
USA premiére recording: Dr. Timothy Mahr with the St. Olaf Band
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