This pack contains a recording and educational notes for Andrew Schultz’s Symphony No. 3 – Century. Commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, it is in reality two pieces; a choral piece called Three Architects, Op. 91a and an orchestral piece, Symphony No. 3 – Century, Op. 91. During the Centenary of Canberra celebrations the two pieces were performed as one, with their movements interspersed. This combination will occur only once, making the piece specific to the Centenary event, and creating a unique and historic occasion.
The composer says:
“The texts for the three choral movements are, for movements 1 and 2, those of the two Chicago architects who most inspired Griffin’s design and approach – Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan. For the third movement the words are those of Walter Burley Griffin, from his inspired original Canberra plan submission. Although they are 100 or more years old, each text has a very pointed and direct message for the present. They are real clarion calls about what is possible in Australia.”
The texts provide a starting place for the comprehension of the work. In the songs we hear the idealism of the architects, a compassion for society and the common man, and the desire to create something great, something extraordinary, for the new capital city of Australia. The orchestral movements take the story further. Here we can imagine the space and grandeur of the landscape, and the natural sounds of the Australian bush, often harsh, bright, and unforgiving. Across the three orchestral movements the themes of ‘youth and idealism’, ‘struggle and the creative process’, and ‘reality and compromise’ are explored.
The development of the city of Canberra is a great Australian story, one that deserves to be celebrated in an artistic way such as this. It is hoped that this unit of study will encourage students to reflect on Canberra’s history, to reflect on the way music and musicians function within our society, and also the ways that artists across the spectrum deal with the same concepts and constraints. The resource has been designed for a variety of classroom situations with three cross‑curricular (non-music specialist) lessons and six specialist music lessons. They are set at a variety of levels and aim to explore a range of ideas.
Musical examples from the scores Three Architects Op. 91a and Symphony No. 3 – Century Op. 91 can be downloaded below. These include:
Preface pages of Three Architects Op. 91a pages i-ii
Lesson 4 – Burnham pages 1-3
Lesson 5 – Sullivan pages 4-7
Lesson 6 – Griffin pages 9-12
Preface pages of Symphony No. 3 Op. 91 pages i-ii
Lesson 7 – Struggle (Exposition, bars 1-113, 2nd subject at letter A) pages 1-15
Lesson 8 – Dream (First half of the piece, bars 1-147) pages 59-77
Lesson 9 – Create (A section, up to letter F, bars 1-127) pages 85-100
Tracks of the Symphony can be heard by clicking on the links below:
'Dream', Movement 2 from Symphony No. 3 – Century (dur: 7’30’’)
Composed by Andrew Schultz, performed by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
'Griffin', Movement 3 from Three Architects for choirs (dur: 3’09’’ Composed by Andrew Schultz, performed by Centenary Choir.
'Create', Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3 – Century (dur: 15’27’’) Composed by Andrew Schultz, performed by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
The full scores of Three Architects Op. 91a, and Symphony No. 3 – Century Op. 91 can be purchased from The Australian Music Centre. Go to: www.australianmusiccentre.com.au and use the search box to find Andrew’s music.