- Duration: 3 minutes
- Chorus: SATB
- Instrumentation: Piano/Organ OR Full Orchestra
- Published by: Audio Network & Hawes Music
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.
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The new dawn lights the eastern sky;
Night shades are lifted from the sea,
The Third Brigade with courage storm,
Thy wooded heights,
Australians tread Gallipoli.
The waves break on thy wave swept shores,
The breeze still blows across thy hills;
But crosses near and far abound,
A sight that deepest grief instils
Their graves lie on Gallipoli.
Words: ‘Gallipoli’ (excerpt), Sydney Bolitho (1889-1919), 6thBattalion A.I.F.