Project Description

Composer’s Note

A Dream Only Just Begun was commissioned by Ars Musica Australis to commemorate Australia’s Centenary of Federation. Scored for SATB choir, baritone voice soloist and orchestra, the work is a setting of Peter Skrzynecki’s poem “Didgeridoo”.

The poet’s description of the didgeridoo’s sounds of joy and pain – “a vortex in our ears that spiralled and spun” – inspired me to compose a mostly rhythmic and syncopated music.

My scoring of the two middle verses of the poem includes music for a baritone voice soloist. He sings of drawing breath and of the wind that blows up: “deep, passionate, resonating with earth and sea”.

I thank Father Arthur Bridge for commissioning the work and Peter Skrzynecki for permission to set the poem to music.

Matthew Orlovich,