The Final Hour
for studio orchestra, narrator and electronics (2013–2018)
ob, sop sax, solo vln, pro, 4 synth, 4 elec gtr, elec bass, kbd, ac bass, dkit, 7 per, strings, narration, natural sounds
duration: 60’
GRT • 166

Six years in the making, drawing on the sublime talents of 16 of Australia’s finest jazz and classical musicians, Stuart Greenbaum’s concept album, The Final Hour, arrives. It is Greenbaum’s 8th solo album, recorded in high definition at 96k/24b and mastered at 96/32.

Co-produced with Melbourne composer–pianist Luke Howard, The Final Hour combines the western classical tradition with jazz, pop, electronica, sonic arts and minimalism to create a contemporary commentary on life and how we value time.

In the tradition of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene and Pat Metheny Group’s The Way Up, Greenbaum’s The Final Hour is a work for the ages.

This studio album has been crafted around an original text by Ross Baglin, with narration by John Stanton. Greenbaum writes: “I wanted to create a commentary about the perception of the passing of time in our modern new-millennial lives. Of how we value it. An hour of time (not just the final hour) and by extension, the duration of a life.”

The Final Hour, as its title suggests, is precisely 60 minutes long (to the nanosecond). Oboe, saxophone and strings merge with analogue and digital synthesizers, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums and percussion. Poetry, trains and office soundscapes weave in and out of a mesmerizing, soulful musical narrative constructed in arch form around the Fibonacci series.

Stuart Greenbaum holds a position at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (The University of Melbourne) as Professor and Head of Composition. He is the author of over 200 works including 15 sonatas, 5 piano trios, 7 string quartets, 5 concertos, 3 symphonies and 2 operas.


Barry Cockcroft soprano saxophone
Celia Craig oboe
Daniel Farrugia drum kit
Leonard Grigoryan guitars
Luke Howard piano and keyboards
Craig Newman fretless electric bass
Alex Pertout percussion
Ben Robertson acoustic bass
Marianne Rothschild solo violin
Amy Valent Curlis vibraphone

Zoe Freisberg violin
Mana Ohashi violin
Matthew Laing viola
Anna Pokorny cello
Matthew Hoy cello
Ben Hanlon double bass

Track list:
1 prelude 1’
2 pulse and presence 3’
3 memory jar 5’
4 speeding car and broken signal 8’
5 fate is where lost chances go 13’
6 city towers 13’
7 thistle seed 8’
8 stationary trains 5’
9 the atmosphere 3’
10 coda 1’

Total Playing Time 60’