Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony


Friday 28 & Saturday 29 April 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony

Arvo PÄRT Fratres for String Orchestra and Percussion (12 mins)

Lachlan SKIPWORTH and Jay EMMANUEL The Tides of Longing (34 mins) World Premiere

Interval (25 mins)

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 (44 mins)

Andante – Allegro con anima
Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
Valse (Allegro moderato)
Finale (Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace)

Eduardo Strausser conductor
Jay Emmanuel
librettist / director
Abimanjou Mathivannan
WASO Chorus
Aquinas College Schola Cantorum

The Tides of Longing commissioned for WASO by Geoff Stearn & private Song Book supporter. Libretto adapted from Jay Emmanuel’s play Children of the Sea, originally presented by Encounter Theatre.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Hugh Lydon. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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Did you know?

Arvo Pärt’s Fratres was originally composed without fixed instrumentation.

Lachlan Skipworth's compositional style is influenced by his three years in Japan spent studying the shakuhachi bamboo flute.

The process of developing the libretto for The Tides of Longing took seven years - Jay Emmanuel started interviewing refugees in 2016 to gain inspiration for his 2021 play Children of the Sea, on which Lachlan Skipworth's 2023 composition is based.

The first movement of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony has a musical personification of grim fate, likely inspired by the two distressing months Tchaikovsky spent at the bedside of a dying friend in mid-1887.

When he was young, Tchaikovsky trained for a career as a civil servant as there was no public music education system in Russia at the time. When the opportunity arose, Tchaikovsky enrolled in the new Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

With this education, Tchaikovsky developed into Russia's first full-time, professional composer.

In Conversation: The Tides of Longing

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