2018 CD celebrating Australian spirit
Katia Beaugeais’s First Light at Uluru for wind symphony
Didgeridoo player, William Barton, is the featured soloist in this CD recording of First Light at Uluru.
Rehearsals: 6 + 7 February 2018.
Recording: 14/15 February 2018.
Sydney recording studios – Trackdown
Recording session photos
Royal Australian Navy Band with Didgeridoo player – William Barton, Composer – Katia Beaugeais, Lieutenant Commander, Director – Dr Steven Stanke.
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First Light at Uluru was originally composed for saxophone orchestra and premiered at the International World Sax Congress in Strasbourg, Paris, England, Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. Beaugeais’s newly adapted wind symphony version was premiered by Dr John Lynch and the Sydney Conservatorium Wind symphony, followed by the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and the US premiere by the Texas Woman’s Wind Symphony. Both versions continue to be performed around the globe.
First Light at Uluru conveys the Aboriginal significance and sacred earth of Uluru. Didgeridoo sounds and unique atmospheric effects by the whole ensemble symbolise the cultural significance and spiritual atmosphere of this powerful landmark.
This piece is inspired by the spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, this giant red rock is located in the middle of Australia’s red desert.
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