AE Smith Instruments collection

Recordings from a concert by renowned Australian cellist David Pereira, playing one of the National Museum’s most treasured instruments, the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953. Pereira performs his own compositions and works by Bach and Sculthorpe in a concert which also features harpist Alice Gile and a history of the AE Smith string quartet.

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Introduction to the AE Smith collection

Robin Tait, National Museum of Australia

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

The AE Smith string quartet held by the National Museum is outlined by conservator Robin Tait. She also discusses the conservation strategy of display and occasional use for functional museum objects.

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Bach, Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major BWV 1010 (c. 1720)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Movements played: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavottes I and II, and Gigue.

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Peter Sculthorpe, Threnody (1991)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Dedicated to Stuart Challender.

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Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. This piece was originally for violin and piano.

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Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (1942)

David Pereira and Alice Giles

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments, the AE Smith cello, accompanied by harpist Alice Giles.

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Bach, Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (c. 1720)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Movements played: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrees I and II, and Gigue.

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David Pereira, Unity is Strength (2008)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays a personal composition on the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Dedicated to Gabrielle Hyslop and the National Museum.

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Carl Vine, Inner World for Solo Cello and Electronics (1994)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. This piece was dedicated to David Pereira.

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