Features Overview

Intrepid Travellers  (2010) Matthew Quick

Intrepid Travellers (2010) Matthew Quick


Flute (1) / Oboe (1) / Clarinet in Bb (1), Bass Clarinet (1) / Soprano/Baritone Saxophone (1) Bassoon (1)

Horn in F (1) / Trumpet in Bb (1) / Tenor Trombone (1)

Timpani + 2 percussion


Strings (note: the double bass is amplified and with delay machine)

About the Work:

This 3-movement work takes its launching point from an Australian painting by Matthew Quick (pictured).  The painting in turn is inspired by the 1992 event when nearly 29,000 bath toys fell from a ship travelling from Hong Kong to USA. In essence, the work explores the environmental issues surrounding the North Pacific Garbage Patch or Trash Vortex and uses musical themes to depict a narrative as well as explore musical sonorities that align with plastics and their disintegration in the ocean’s 5 (possibly now 6) garbage patches. See score for further information.


2014: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ( 3 performances)

2015: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (3 performances)

2015: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (1 performance)

2016: University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1 performance)

2018: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (8 performances)

2018: SSO together with VIVIDSyd + Macquarie University (1 performance)

2019: UWA Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (1 performance)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Grandage. Photo credit: Daniela Testa.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Grandage. Photo credit: Daniela Testa.

Resources (currently being updated)

  • Score and Parts available through Australian Music Centre.

  • Main themes (excerpts) of Introduced Species can be found here

  • 30 page+ teacher resource document is available (and free) including analysis of the work + ideas and questions for the classroom prior to attending a live performance. Contact composer through the contact page.

  • A 4 minute animation by 3 different animators (and three different styles of animation) respond to Abbott’s work. Includes music from movements 2 and 3.