Queensland Symphony Orchestra Composer Workshop

QSO Composer workshop 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 Austrian 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:


Symbol of resilience drawn by Pat Campbell, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Concert Program Note

Manifesto pour la Paix was originally composed for large chamber ensemble and premiered in the closing ceremony of the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days festival/Zagreb Biennale in Croatia by Ensemble Zeitfluss from Austria. This work was broadcast and recorded at the Orf Recording Studios in Vienna, featured on Australia’s ABC Classic FM radio, and transformed into an orchestral piece for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra workshop.

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

The piece begins with a fast, pulsating, rhythmic 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 contemporary playing techniques, such as soothing multiphonics, quarter-tone trills, pitch bend, vibrato, glissando, flute flutter-tongue and whistle tones.

A theme of hope and peace is also heard in this manifesto. First heard in the opening as soft, sustained chords juxtasposed within 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.

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