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Sheet Music: Score

Catharsis : three poems for unaccompanied chorus / Helen Gifford

by Helen Gifford (2001)


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A setting of three poems that have in common the regeneration of the human spirit after devastation and loss: Anna Akhmatova in 1921 in Saint Petersburg after the Revolution, Kathleen Raine in London in the early 1940s during the blitz, and Elizabeth Riddell in Australia also in World War II.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (29p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 11 mins

Contents note:

Everything is plundered -- London revisited -- The soldier in the park.

Commissioned by Astra Choir, Astra Chamber Music Society.

First performance by Astra Choir — 16 Dec 01.

Includes programme note, and texts of poems.

Song texts from poems: 'Everything is plundered' by Anna Akhmatova ; 'London revisited' by Kathleen Raine ; 'The soldier in the park' by Elizabeth Riddell.

Typeset edition.

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