Antill - Corroboree

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Antill - Corroboree



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30th June 2008




49 minutes


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An Outback Overture




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Australian composer John Antill is best remembered for his exuberant, outstandingly successful and ever-popular ballet Corroboree. Drawing on material Antill notated in 1913 at an Aboriginal Corroboree (a type of ritual ceremony) in Botany Bay and on his subsequent research on Aboriginal music, Corroboree is widely recognized as a landmark in Australian music history. Antill’s Outback Overture is a charming concert opener, reminiscent of Stravinsky’s rhythmic energy, British folk melodies, Copland’s harmonic influence and Grainger’s humour.

John Antill: An Outback Overture

Outback Overture

John Antill: Corroboree

I. Welcome Ceremony

II. Dance to the Evening Star

III. A Rain Dance

IV. Spirit of the Wind

V. Rising Sun

VI. The Morning Star

VII. Procession of the Totems and Closing Ceremony

Gramophone Magazine

September 2008

“Terrific playing makes this energetic Australian 'Rite' the one to have.”

Audiophile Audition

“John Anthill’s ballet Corroboree (1946), is an Aboriginal dance-ceremony that celebrates--via a series of totemic dances--the inter-dependence of animals and Man…[it] shimmers with primitive energies we associate with Stravinsky and Villa-Lobos… [there is an ] elegance of line and manic authority in the percussion parts”

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