‘My Hands are a City’

Saturday August 03rd 2019 at 7.30pm

Venue: St Georges Anglican Church, Warncliffe Road, East Ivanhoe
Guest Artist/Soloist - Anthony Pope | Trumpet


“Viva Musica”


“Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 in C# minor


“Symphony No. 1” My Hands Are a City: Australian Wind Band Première


“Concerto for Trumpet and Winds”: Australian Wind Band Première


“Vientos y Tangos”


“Othello” A Symphonic Portrait for Wind Ensemble in Five Scenes after Shakespeare


Conductor: Stephen Carpenter

Guest Soloist: Anthony Pope


Anthony Pope joins the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble in the World Wind Band Première of Benedict Deane-Johns’ Concerto for Trumpet and Winds: written by the composer for Anthony.

Growing up in a family of brass musicians, Anthony Pope showed early aptitude on the trumpet, winning numerous trumpet and cornet championships. As a student he held positions as Principal trumpet in Geminiani Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. During this time he also performed numerous trumpet concertos with various orchestras. He graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 1990.
Anthony was appointed to Orchestra Victoria in 1991 as Second Trumpet, and rose swiftly to Associate Principal Trumpet in 1992. He combines this full-time orchestral position with extensive travel throughout Australia and Europe. He is director and founding member of the Frontier Brass Ensemble, has appeared as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anthony has featured on numerous recordings of ballet, opera and symphonic repertoire with Orchestra Victoria. Also, having performed over 150 recitals with Dominic Perissinotto (Pipe Organ) in Australia and across Europe, he has recorded, three compact discs for solo trumpet and pipe organ, the last of which, features all Australian content.
An enthusiastic teacher of trumpet, Anthony has been awarded numerous grants for education based projects. Whilst having taught at the Australian Defence Force Schoolof Music, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Anthony is currently only teaching at the University of Melbourne.

This concert features two Australian Wind Band Premières. The first by an American composer, Andrew Newman the second by an Australian composer, Benedict Deane-Johns. Plus: Reed: “Viva Musica”; Gandolfi: “Vientos y Tangos”; Reed: “Othello” A Symphonic Portrait for Wind Ensemble in Five Scenes after Shakespeare.


Symphony No. 1: In 2005 Newman wrote The Rivers of Bowery, a short work celebrating a verse from Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’. He soon discovered that both the musical and extra-musical themes were much larger than the length allowed, and so he designed this Symphony as a complete expansion, both in thematic scope, and in musical material.  The first movement: “Across the Groaning Continent”, is titled after a line from Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’; the second movement, “The Americans” takes its title from Beat photographer Robert Frank’s powerful collection, The Americans; the final movement, “My Hands Are a City”, titled after a 1955 Gregory Corso poem. 


Concerto for Trumpet and Winds: written for the Melbourne Trumpet player, Anthony Pope, this three movement work begins with “The Serpent”: idiomatic, fanfare-like introduction in the Solo Trumpet. This melody utilises the mode of the harmonic minor at the 5th, resolving into a contrasting and more tonal B Section in F minor. The fast 7/4 section is constructed using a minimalist framework to create interest and tension.  The 1st Movement resolves with a tonal coda for Solo Trumpet and Piano in C minor. The second movement, “Espagnol”: mainly uses the resources of the Solo Trumpet and Piano. Written in a Spanish style, it showcases the rich, expressive, open sound of the solo instrument, particularly in the middle and lower registers. the third movement, “The Rose Set” Utilises a Celtic style melody, swelling and subsiding, a fugal section ensues, which culminates in the original melody sounded in the Solo Trumpet with rapid and frenetic accompaniment, the Celtic tune sounds in the Flute and Piccolo, imitative of the Irish Flute and Tin Whistle. Another extended Cadenza for the Trumpet follows. The Brass and Piano provide a formidable and strident climax to the work.