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To mark the 20th anniversary of the National Museum of Australia, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan composed 18 original works, inspired by historical objects. Learn about the history of these objects and hear excerpts of the Grigoryan Brothers compositions in this special series produced by ABC Classic.

Ðàn Tre

A bamboo musical instrument crafted by Vietnamese migrant Minh Tam Nguyen and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath

Stolen

A gate from the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home and how this object inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Margo Neale and Alice Keath
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Desperation

A lifebuoy from the MV 'Tampa' and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath

Our Land

A protest placard used at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Hidden Past

A yellow Swansea bicycle used by Darrell Hick on Rottnest Island and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Fred's Vision

A case of trial frames and lenses used by Professor Fred Hollows, which inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath

Song for the Road

The Museum’s Holden Prototype No. 1 car, its history and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath

Deep Time

A piece of haematite (ochre) from the Madjedbebe rock shelter in Arnhem Land and how this important object inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Southern Sky

An 1880s Grubb refractor telescope from the National Museum's collection and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath

Journey Women

The 1973 painting 'Story of the Women’s Camp and the Origin of Damper' by Anatjari Tjakamarra and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Love and Forgiveness

A small, gold locket with a portrait of boxer Les Darcy and how it inspired the Grigoryan Brothers composition. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Love Token

A convict love token from the National Museum's collection and how it inspired a composition by the Grigoryan Brothers. Courtesy ABC Classic
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Presenters: Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with Alice Keath
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