Looking ahead to the next season, two of my orchestral works referencing aspects of Australian Aboriginal culture will have performances in locations quite far removed from those origins. Pearl, Ochre, Hair String (2010) will be presented on 17 March 2012 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Otto Tausk at Glasgow City Halls as part of BBC Hear and Now. Bayern-Alpha tv with Peider Defilla made a documentary film about the premiere by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich last July 2010.
The Compass (2006) will be performed on 2, 3 & 4 July 2012 by the Städtisches Orchester Bremerhaven conducted by Stephan Teztlaff with soloists Carin Levine (flute) and William Barton (didgeridoo), and is also programmed in the 2012-13 season of the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Philippe Danel (making that the 16th performance of the work).
The Compass has been heard live in Sydney, Munich, Venice, Paris, Verona, Modena, Rome, Turin, Naples, Merano, then next in Bremerhaven and Lille. Pearl, Ochre, Hair String has been presented in Munich, Perth and next in Glasgow. I’ve been reflecting on aspects of ‘reception history’, that is, how an audience’s cultural background and life experiences provide frameworks that shape their interpretation of a work’s meaning or informs the degree of resonance that is created in an encounter with new work. I wonder what it means that the location where both of these orchestral works have been perhaps most warmly received, has been in Munich.