Queensland Symphony Orchestra Composer Workshop

QSO Composer workshop reading of Manifesto pour la Paix.

Artistic Director: Richard Wenn
Conductor: Brett Kelly

Manifesto pour la Paix for orchestra was first composed for large chamber ensemble and premiered at the Zagreb Biennale and broadcast on Austria and Australian radio:

6 July 2012ABC Classic FM Broadcast, Australia.
Premiered at the Zagreb Biennale by Ensemble Zeitfluss (Graz, Austria):

23 October 2012 – Orf FM Radio Broadcast, Austria.
Recorded by Ensemble Zeitfluss (Graz, Austria) at the Orf Recording Studios, Vienna:

LISTEN to the live radio performance of Manifesto pour la Paix for large chamber ensemble:



Concert Program Note

Manifesto pour la Paix was originally composed for large chamber ensemble and premiered in the closing ceremony at the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days festival/Zagreb Biennale in Croatia by Ensemble Zeitfluss from Austria. It was broadcast and recorded in the Orf recording studios in Vienna and featured on Australia’s ABC Classic FM radio.

Manifesto pour la Paix was transformed into an orchestral piece for a Queensland Symphony Orchestra composer workshop reading.

Manifesto pour la Paix is a manifesto for peace. This newly revised version for orchestra is now dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks, as well as the victims of the Syrian war.

The work begins with a fast, pulsating, repetitive four-note semiquaver motif that transforms into a series of variations to form the underlying motivic construction of the work. A slow, soft, solemn and nostalgic style governs the middle section. Delicate and atmospheric timbral and textural effects are created through the use of avant-garde playing techniques, such as soothing multiphonic, quarter-tone trills, pitch bend, vibrato, glissando, flute flutter-tongue and whistle tones.

A theme of hope and peace is also heard throughout this manifesto. First heard in the opening as soft, sustained chords interrupting the semiquaver figures, lyrical melodic lines and mass chords merge together in the final section to create a unifying moment, symbolising the courage and resilience of the victims.

* Program notes by Katia Beaugeais – 1 November 2017.

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