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Petit testament

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Petit testament / Elliott Gyger

by Elliott Gyger (2008)


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'Petit Testament', the last of the Ern Malley poems, is intimate and
autobiographical in tone, at times veering perilously close to confessing
the bogus nature of the author's identity. My setting re-enacts James
McAuley's and Harold Stewart's dazzling feat of ventriloquism (two real
poets masquerading as one fictional poet) in employing two voices to
project a single musical line, slipping unpredictably between unison,
heterophony and interior dialogue. The pitch material is derived from
musical ciphers of the three poets' names. Coincidentally, my cipher for
"Ern Malley" - spelled out by the harp at the very beginning - uses only
the notes of a pentatonic scale (Pelog) strongly associated with
Indonesian gamelan music, a common trope in the self-conscious quest for
Australian musical identity in the 1960s and 1970s.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (24p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

First performance by Halcyon — 1 Sep 09. The Mint, Sydney

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-792-6

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