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Riddles

Sheet Music: Score

Riddles / by Betty Beath and David Cox.

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo voice, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.
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The Cry is a setting of a poem by Japanese poet Kajima Shozo trnaslated by Jarry and Lyn Guest. I originally set the work for solo voice and chamber orchestra: the first in a cycle of four songs under the title Riddles (1974).

The following is an excerpt from the poem which I found very appealing:

"Once in the grass there lived a nervous insect, the tiniest creature in the whole wide world. H'd been afraid of the wind all his life and so, to get away from it, he dug a hole, sweating and panting. It took a year to do...."

I revised this work for medium range solo voice and piano in 2005 and believe it can well stand alone as a solo song for either female or male voice.

I selected the poem (in 1974) from a Penguin Books publication Post-war Japanese Poetry and was granted permission to set the text by both the publisher and the poet Kajima Shozo.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (20p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 9 min.

Dedicated to Janet Delpratt, Josef Aronoff

Commission info: The work was commissioned by the International Society of Contemporary Music for a concert of new works - 'Composers' Workshop' - 27th September, 1975.

First performance by Gregory Massingham, Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Josef Aronoff — 9 Aug 74. Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Mayne Hall, University of Queensland

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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