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Huntington Eulogy

Brett Dean (b. 1961)

Cédric Tiberghien (photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Cédric Tiberghien (photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Composer
Brett Dean (b. 1961)
Composition Year
2001
Work Movements
1. Nightsky
2. Swarming
3. Elegy (for Jason)
Artists
Christian Poltera [cello], Cédric Tiberghien [piano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Brett Dean

Gerhardt and the English pianist Stephen Osborne. The title refers to the Huntington Estate winery in Australia, home of the annual Huntington Music Festival with which I’ve been happily associated since 1997. 

The first two movements relate to the natural features and beauty of the Mudgee region of New South Wales where Huntington is located. The opening movement, Nightsky, is characterised by a spacious, dark sense of mystery and awe, the cello outlining various harmonic motives against a sparse background of sounds drawn from inside the piano. The second movement, Swarming, is a reflection upon a specific occasion related to me where a swarm of bees bestowed an altogether more dramatic and foreboding quality upon the calm reflection of watching a summer sunrise. The final Elegy (for Jason) is a simple offering, something of innocence and consolation, written in memory of Jason Brodie (17.9.1980 – 17.6.2001), a young assistant cellarmaster at Huntington who, despite his failing health, retained an inspiring love of nature and an endlessly positive, ambitious and courageous spirit.

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Huntington Eulogy

Composer: Brett Dean (b. 1961)
Performance date: Thursday 30th June 2011
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Brett Dean (b. 1961)
Work Title Huntington Eulogy
Composition Year 2001
Work Movements 1. Nightsky
2. Swarming
3. Elegy (for Jason)
Artist(s) Christian Poltera [cello], Cédric Tiberghien [piano]
Performance Date Thursday 30th June 2011
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Stars in the Afternoon Concert
Duration 00:17:15
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Duo
Instrumentation vn, pf
Other Information
Programme Note Writer © Brett Dean
Gerhardt and the English pianist Stephen Osborne. The title refers to the Huntington Estate winery in Australia, home of the annual Huntington Music Festival with which I’ve been happily associated since 1997. 

The first two movements relate to the natural features and beauty of the Mudgee region of New South Wales where Huntington is located. The opening movement, Nightsky, is characterised by a spacious, dark sense of mystery and awe, the cello outlining various harmonic motives against a sparse background of sounds drawn from inside the piano. The second movement, Swarming, is a reflection upon a specific occasion related to me where a swarm of bees bestowed an altogether more dramatic and foreboding quality upon the calm reflection of watching a summer sunrise. The final Elegy (for Jason) is a simple offering, something of innocence and consolation, written in memory of Jason Brodie (17.9.1980 – 17.6.2001), a young assistant cellarmaster at Huntington who, despite his failing health, retained an inspiring love of nature and an endlessly positive, ambitious and courageous spirit.