Gallipoli originally appeared as part of the second movement of The Great War Symphony written to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The moving words of Sydney Bolitho which are well-known in Australia deserve wider recognition and this setting seeks to show them in a majestic, optimistic light. In performance, it is important to convey a sense of sorrow but also a feeling of strength and courage.
Note: In this standalone version, Patrick has introduced a third verse to the piece that isn’t present in the original Symphony.
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The Vocal Score and Full Score of The Great War Symphony are also available as well as the sheet music for other selected excerpts from the Symphony, including: