Bursa State Symphony Orchestra,
Bursa Concert Hall,
Conductor Gary Daverne
Tumpetist Erden Bilgen.
May 16, 2003
The world premier of the Rhapsody titled "Gelybolu" (Gallipoli)
composed by New Zealand composer and orchestra conductor, Gary Daverne,
for trumpet and orchestra, reflected the composer’s Anzac feelings.
This piece was interpreted by the Turkish tumpetist Erden Bilgen.
It is a piece of sensitive feelings, bringing the orchestra and the trumpet
in perfect harmony, enriched with melodies reminding us of John William's
The insertion of the folk song, Canakkale somewhere in the piece, did
not harm its general harmony and gives to the Rhapsody, another charm
for the audience.
When we analyze the piece as a whole, we observe the meeting of the main
theme with the rest, repetition of particular sounds giving it an aspect
of a special piece.
The concert went on with the mastering performance of Erden Bilgen, the
great performance of our orchestra as usual and completed by the “Ouverture
of the Light Cavalery” of Suppé, “A Night on a Bare
Mountain” of Mussorgsky , “Polovetch Dances” of Borodin,
exerpts from the musical piece of A. L. Weber named " The Ghost of
the Opera" and the “Lord of the Dance” of R. Hardyman.
"During the last 25 years I gave several concerts as soloist in different
regions of New Zealand, and Australia. I will always remember the extraordinary
attention and warm welcome expressed by the audiences of these countries
when they learned that I was coming from Turkey.
Mr. Gary Daverne, conductor and composer, whom I met in New Zealand, said
to me that he was planning to compose a new piece for trumpet solo and
orchestra and wanted to make its world premier with my participation.
It was three years ago, in 2000, that he came to Istanbul and there we
discussed the contents of the piece. I asked him to title this piece as
"Gelibolu" in the memory of the war took place between Turkey
and New Zealand. He accepted my proposal with pleasure and also inserted
an arrangement of our folk song "Canakkale" to the main piece.
In the first movement of the piece, there are the preparations of both
parties for war, the joy and enthusiasm of soldiers are reflected. As
a whole this piece symbolizes mutual good relations of the two countries
which are in friendly relations in our day instead of the negative aspects
of a war.
The message given by Atatürk after the war containing humanism and
friendship is still commemorated by the ANZACs with a great importance
(End of quotation by Erden Bilgen)
Mrs. Yelda Nihan özmutlu
Gary Daverne on World Premiere in Turkey
On May 16, 2003 Auckland conductor Gary Daverne and the Bursa
State Symphony Orchestra performed an exceptional concert in Bursa Concert
Hall in Turkey.
Gary Daverne had chosen a colourful programme from classical to film music.
The young and highly motivated musicians of the Bursa State Symphony Orchestra
and their experienced 'Maestro' from down under gave an outstanding performance.
Highlight of the concert was the World Premiere of Daverne's latest composition
'Gallipoli' for orchestra and solo trumpet.
The idea of writing this solo work for trumpet began when Turkey's renouned
trumpeter, Erden Bilgen met the composer in Auckland. It became formalized
with the composer's visit to Gallipoli 3 years ago and a subsequent meeting
between the two in Istanbul.
The music portrays the emotions of the young ANZAC and Turkish troops
summoned to war on Turkish ground and expresses a strong desire for peace.
The Rhapsody, with an opening trumpet fanfare, traditional Turkish folk
themes, its swinging rhythm and an impressionable solo cadenza, was much
appreciated by the audience.
Pokarekare Ana, the Maori love song, was given as an encore.
Standing ovations, happy musicians and an enthusiastic audience concluded
this unique evening.