Song offerings : Val Gavin / Julian Gavin (tenor), May Gavin (piano).
Val Gavin (1935-2003) migrated to Australia from the UK with her
parents in 1950. She was offered a place at the Sydney
Conservatorium but left due to her family's financial strictures.
After her disastrous failed first marriage, Val met
Melbourne-based Paul Gavin on a trip to Orange to visit her
parents. After a whirlwind romance Val and Paul married and had
three children. Val helped support the family with her work as an
"official ABC accompanist", and was a familiar sight in
Melbourne's theatreland. During this time, her fascination with
composition matured, producing several song cycles, concertos, an
opera, and many smaller works. Val always maintained that being a
woman and an Australian was "two strikes against her" and having
been spurned by the music publishers she eventually gave up
composing, and devoted herself to teaching and later, performing
with her daughter May as Duo Gavin for over 15 years. Her music
is not cutting-edge in its modernity, but is notable for her gift
of melody, her unique harmonic language and beautiful
This CD offers world premiere recordings of two of Val Gavin's song cycles, sung by her son, internationally acclaimed tenor, Julian, and her daughter May, a Melbourne-based pianist.
Duration: 71 min.
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