And the World was Finally Right

by Rachel Merton



And the World was Finally Right. Music Composed by Rachel Merton, Poetry by Jordie Albiston.

'And the World was Finally Right' won the 2013 national Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer award which comes with the privilege of having the composition premiered by the prestigious Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under conductor Stephen Mould.

Fine Music presenter, Julie Simonds praised the sensitivity and aptness of Merton's entry And the World was Finally Right. "Rachel's composition was written with the thought of a community choir and limited rehearsal time. The work is lyrical and the poetry blends beautifully with the music. "

Lynne Lancaster mentions "Merton's... 'And the World Was Finally Right' is a short, shimmering explosively powerful and tempestuous piece, with hints of Sculthorpe's works."

The poetry 'A Brief History of Love' was written by Melbourne poet Jordie Albiston.



by Jordie Albiston - for A.S.

Before the first atoms got into first patterns

they knew. The sun clunked around in the

cumbersome sky, an awkward earth lurched

into something like birth, the start of a star

began. Aeons informed this earliest ticking

of time. Days were invented, long months

swept in and out with a breath, a heartbeat

became several years. The word love was

spoken and strange things fell into place:

an avalanche started to flow slowly upwards,

a river unstuck, an old moon clambered back

into a night. And the world was finally right.


released July 8, 2014
Recorded live by Jayson McBride on 16-11-13 at the Concourse, Chatswood. Performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Stephen Mould. Winner of the national 2013 Young Composers Award.



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Rachel Merton Brisbane, Australia

Rachel Merton is a contemporary classical composer in Brisbane, Australia. Rachel began studying composition from 12 years old. She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition in 2005 and in 2013 complete a Master of Music Studies. Her music group Ekstasis Ensemble performs an eclectic sound of traditional and modern classical music. ... more

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