Songs from the Bush

... disarmingly simple... a wonderful spaciousness...Sydney Morning Herald
Songs from the Bush
Image: Bruce Terry

The clarinet takes the spotlight in a concert of deeply moving and lyrical chamber music.

Date and Time 2:30PM | Sun | 07 May 2017
VenueUtzon Room, Sydney Opera House


Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet in G minor

Concertino for Clarinet and Strings [World Premiere]

String Quartet No. 17 ‘The Hunt’, K. 458

Clarinet Quintet ‘Songs from the Bush’


110 mins including interval

About The Music

Busoni’s lesser-known Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet in G minor is filled with beautiful lyricism and driving rhythms that display a Romantic musical language but is looking towards the future. When composer Ian Munro first heard David Rowden perform Songs from the Bush, he admired his interpretation. Drawing on Indigenous music and Australian folk songs as the foundation of the work, Munro has crafted a lyrical, tender and moving piece of music for clarinet quintet, recently recorded by Omega on their ABC Classics album. Also included is Mozart’s String Quartet No. 17, aptly nicknamed ‘The Hunt’ due to the hunting-call motif that opens the work. In addition, Omega will perform the world premiere of Cyrus Meurant’s Concertino for Clarinet and Strings.

Seating in the Utzon Room is unreserved. Member’s of the Omega Ensemble Patrons’ Program are given preferential seating.

Pre-Concert Talk

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