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Five songs from the astronauts

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Five songs from the astronauts : for soprano, baritone and instrumental ensemble / Martin Friedel.

by Martin Friedel (1995)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo soprano, solo baritone, clarinet in B flat, timpani, piano, 2 violins, cello.
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    Performance by John McCaughey, Merlyn Quaife, John Cummins from the CD Five songs from the astronauts


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The texts used are drawn and adapted from the recollections of Soviet cosmonauts and American astronauts of the late 20th century. Astro and cosmo -nauts were usually chosen from the ranks of elite test pilots for both their technical skills and personalities. They were not the sort one would associate with poetical or spiritual reflection. Yet almost every personal account I read is infused with these emotional responses and the recollections of the space travellers reveal the awe, wonder of their encounter with the cosmos.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (34p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 18 mins

Contents note:

1. The departure -- 2. Across the field of grass - 3. The ride to the sky -- 4. The silence -- 5. Seeing the earth rise over the Moon.

Commission info: Commissioned by the Astra Chamber Music Society as part of the cantata, 'The Third Planet'.

First performance by John McCaughey, Merlyn Quaife, John Cummins — 16 Dec 95. Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne

Includes full lyrics.

Revised 2012

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2012.

ISMN: 979-0-720128-47-4

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