Andrew writes: This work consists of settings for unaccompanied choir of inspirational texts from three ‘Chicago School’ architects from the early 1900s: Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan and Walter Burley Griffin. Burnham and Sullivan were powerful influences on Griffin in developing his award-winning design for the city of Canberra. The work was commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, responding to themes surrounding the founding ideals and design of the city. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was built to the designs of the American utopian modernist architectural partnership (and married couple) Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. In its first performance for the Centenary of Canberra each movement of Three Architects preceded the orchestral movements of Symphony No 3 – Century. The premiere of the work was given on Canberra Day in March 2013, in an outdoor performance before a huge audience estimated at 150,000.
Listen to the piece here at 25’15” into the recording.
Children’s and adult choirs (SA-SATB)