Concert 5
Sunday 3 December, 5:00 pm

Church of All Nations 
cnr. Palmerston & Drummond Streets 


For tickets call Astra on (03) 9326 5424, or

Memories for Forgetfulness

Reger, Schoenberg, Pertout, Whiffin, Odeh-Tamimi

Concert Head: 

Max Reger’s Three Motets Op.110, on texts from the Book of Job, are his major choral achievement, on a par with Schoenberg’s classic Peace on Earth Op.13 for the new scale and adventure of the choral writing. Following the performance of the third motet in the April concert, this program brings No.1, the largest of the three, with its massive double-fugue on the words “I know that my Redeemer lives”. It joins Schoenberg’s overwhelming choral plea for peace, along with solo piano works from contemporary Palestinian composers. Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s piece takes title and inspiration from the novel of the leading Arab poet Mahmoud Darwish, Memory for Forgetfulness. August, Beirut, 1982.

Set among these are choral works from Romania (Dan Dediu) and Melbourne composer Andrián Pertout, whose background includes both the country of his birth, Chile, and years spent in the Slovenian border region of Italy. His new choral piece weaves near-orchestral sounds into a cappella writing in a re-composition of an earlier setting for choir and string orchestra, based on Horace’s famous Ode on soldiering, “Angustam amice”. Composed both as a tribute to the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and as commemoration of World War 1, it is the final premiered work of the 2017 season.

Max Reger, Mein Odem ist schwach (My breath is weak) Op.110 No.1 (1911), 6-part choir
Andrián Pertout, Angustam Amice (2014/2016), version for 8-part choir a cappella - 1st performance
Dan Dediu, O magnum mysterium (2013), 6-part choir
Samir Odeh-TamimiA Memory for Forgetfulness (2006), solo piano with bamboo chimes & Chinese cymbal
Arnold Schoenberg, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) Op.13 (1907), 8-part choir

with solo piano works by Lawrence Whiffin and contemporary Palestinian composers

PUBLICATION LAUNCH: Lawrence Whiffin, Études for piano

The Astra Choir with soloists
Kim Bastin, Peter Dumsday and Joy Lee (pianos)
conducted by John McCaughey