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I have not your dreaming / music by Paul Stanhope ; text by Margaret Glendinning.
by Paul Stanhope (2005)
Known earlier in her career as Kath Walker, Oodgeroo Noonuccal took her indigenous name in order to reclaim her heritage. Oodgeroo became well-known as an Aboriginal leader, advocate and speaker but above all an eloquent poet. Margaret Glendinning's poem "I hear the songs" is a tribute to Oodgeroo. It expresses a yearning to understand indigenous culture with Oodgeroo acting as a sort of medium. Glendinning was one of many students of Oodgeroo, and her poem is a fitting tribute to a truly inspiring figure.
In setting this poem for 4 part treble choir, I have attempted to portray something of the sense of yearning felt by the poet in the slow outer sections of the piece, whilst the exuberant dance-like music of the middle underlines the more energized character of birds in flight and a "quicksilver dance of stars".
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (12p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — High level treble voice choir
Duration: 6 mins
First performance 7 Jul 05. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
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