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Harry Sdraulig, Australian composer

…each movement describes a different domain of language and communication.

Harry Sdraulig is a prolific Sydney-based composer and educator.

His work may be described as contemporary art music, drawing upon and extending the Western classical tradition in new ways.

Harry has collaborated with many renowned organisations and artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott; the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra and Zelman symphony orchestras; Musica Viva Australia; the Australian National Academy of Music; the Goldner, Orava and Australian String quartets; Australia Ensemble; Streeton Trio; Ensemble Q; PLEXUS; Syzygy Ensemble; Hourglass Ensemble; Ensemble Three; and the University of Melbourne Orchestra.

In recent years, Harry has achieved wider industry recognition as a recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Adolph Spivakovsky Award, Glen Johnston Composition Award, Frank Albert Prize for Music, 2020 Fine Music Stefan Kruger Scholarship, 2019–20 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship, 2020 Arcadia Winds Composition Prize, Australian Postgraduate Award, and the 2019 Albert Scholarship.

His piccolo concerto for Lloyd Hudson and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Icarus, was a finalist in the Work of the Year: Large Ensemble category of the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.


Inner Speak

The original two-movement version of this piece, Speak, was commissioned for and premiered by Ensemble Q in November 2018. An additional movement, placed between the existing movements as a new second movement, was commissioned and workshopped by the Australia Ensemble as part of the 2019–20 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship. The work is scored for flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

Speak is cast in three distinct movements. Conceptually, each movement describes a different domain of language and communication.

The first, entitled Dialogue, considers the nature of external exchanges between beings, encompassing multiple threads of conversation and intricate interactions.

The second, entitled Recollection, explores the transient and often revisionary nature of recalled thoughts and conversations, with subtle variations within fixated repetitions.

The third, entitled Inner Speak, is also introspective in character, but reflects patterns of a more holistic internal monologue through interweaving lines and subtle changes in feeling.

© Harry Sdraulig

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