This is a 30-second excerpt from the ABC recording of Peter Sculthorpe’s 'Irkanda lV’, released in 1967. The work is performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Hopkins. The violin soloist is Leonard Dommett.
The violin solo lends a mournful tone to 'Irkanda IV’, which is fitting given it was written as a memorial to the composer’s late father. It also successfully evokes the 'remote and lonely place’ of the title. Since it was composed in 1961, 'Irkanda IV’ has been recorded at least seven times. Back in the 1960s, it was Sculthorpe’s first major work to be recorded and reach an international audience.