Many composers have not only found solace in nature but also a great deal of musical inspiration. For example, German composer Felix Mendelssohn once said “It is in pictures, ruins, and natural surroundings that I find the most music.” Below are just five of our favourite works inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature.
The very first album I ever bought was the Jurassic Park soundtrack. I think its secret was that both composer John Williams and filmmaker Steven Spielberg understood the magic of what they were doing. The special effects wizards behind Jurassic Park had so perfected their on-screen dinosaurs that it ushered in a new era of filmmaking.
Long admired for their poetic expression and dramatic truth, Shakespeare’s plays have inspired countless creative works, including those of a number of esteemed composers. We take a look at five of our favourites.
1. Felix Mendelssohn - Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.21
Although she doesn’t believe it’s a big deal, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Sarah Butler was the first female Principal Trumpet player to ever be appointed in Australasia, and still to this day she’s the only female Principal Trumpet player in the region. Yes, this IS a big deal!
Born in New Zealand, Sarah always loved music and started playing instruments at a young age.
Phoebe Russell could be playing with Berlin Philharmonic, arguably the best in the world. At just 23, she is considered one of the most exciting emerging double bassists on the planet, and yet in April last year the Melbourne-born musician applied for, and accepted the position of Principal Double Bass with Queensland Symphony Orchestra – 15,600km away from her newly adopted home of Berlin.
I am interested in composing for orchestra within the context of exploring the effects of synthesised sound on acoustic and orchestral writing. I love to experiment with musical ideas written electronically and work to adapt them for acoustic instruments. By programming a melody into a synthesiser, one can blur the lines between melody and harmony, creating unusual register leaps and detuned tones. The breakdown of tonality inherent in many synthesisers leaves room for an element of unpredictability when developing musical ideas.