Sublime New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon joins Helen Ayres, Zoe Knighton and Anna Goldsworthy, to premiere Last Words, Andrew Ford’s stunning new song cycle about the journey into the hereafter.
Ford sets the last words of historical and fictional figures such as Goethe, Henry Ward Beecher, Alban Berg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Porter, Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf, and Tim Winton’s beloved Fish from Cloudstreet.
The Australian String Quartet performs Andrew Ford’s new string quartet, commissioned especially for its 2013 season.
Before this event at 10am, at Drill Hall
Conversation: From Words to Music
Join two musician/writers, Andrew Ford and Anna Goldsworthy, for a conversation about the intersections between words and music. Andrew Ford describes the journey from words to music before the premiere of his new song cycle Last Words later this morning.
What makes a good text for music? Can music elevate a banal text into something transcendent? Are there some words that are too perfect to set to music?
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 5568 3030
Featured Australian Works
|Last words : soprano with ensemble (2013) by Andrew Ford — World premiere|
— performed by Jane Sheldon, Helen Ayres, Zoe Knighton and Anna Goldsworthy
|String quartet No 5 : string quartet (2013) by Andrew Ford|
— performed by Australian String Quartet
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