Melbourne

October 17


Composer
Brenton Broadstock

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Conductor
Warwick Stengards


Video Design / Performance
Tim Gruchy


Soprano
Merlyn Quaife

Didgerido
Jida Gulpilil

 

 

Program Note :
Rumour has it that the American inventor Samuel Morse said that he had overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’ when asked to appraise his invention of the telegraph and Morse Code and the revolutionary effect it had on communication in America in the mid 19th century. However, most Australians would be more familiar with the phrase, the tyranny of distance, as used by historian Geoffrey Blainey in 1966 to explain how Australia’s geographical isolation contributed to our economic and social development and the title of my piece came from reading this book as a young history student.
It is now the 21st century (2009 as I write this) and distance no longer has the same repressive connotations that it did in Morse’s time (1830s-40s) or even in the mid 1960s. Our technological and travel advances mean that we can overcome distance easily: an e-mail with video, a mobile phone call from most parts of the world or a trip to anywhere by car or plane in hours!
My Tyranny of Distance is a work of many resonances but is essentially an expression of two parallel journeys, of an individual and a ‘land’. It is a philosophical journey that engages with our mortality and our submission to life. It is an optimistic and positive journey from ‘dissonance to consonance’, from uncertainty to acceptance and hope.

Brenton Broadstock

Tyranny of Distance - Symphony #6

Melbourne International Arts Festival 2009

 

 

 

Rehearsal photos by Tim Gruchy and Phil Wardley