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The Ship and the Anchor

The Ship and the Anchor was composed by Zoe Gougousidis in 2023.

Duration: c. 4 minutes 30 seconds.

This work is a reflection on the idea of letting go of familiarity and safety in the search of meaning in the unknown, and the eternal risk of pursuing new possibilities for the fear of losing the comfort of the life you know.

This is presented through the lens of a ship and an anchor. The anchor keeps the ship safety moored in the harbour - but, despite keeping it safe, the anchor is stopping the ship from doing what it was built to do. This piece reflects on the struggle between these two elements, between safety and excitement, before the ship finally breaks free. This represents the excitement at the prospect of something new - despite not knowing if what lies ahead is good or bad, the ship continues anyway, in search of more than the harbour.


Sydney Conservatorium Brass Septet. October 11, 2023. Harbin Conservatorium of Music, China. International Premiere.

Sydney Conservatorium Brass Septet. Shenyang Conservatorium of Music, China.

Price: $80

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