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Sheet Music: Score

Sun : song cycle for soprano and piano / Peter Sculthorpe ; text by D.H. Lawrence.

by Peter Sculthorpe (2009)


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I completed the song cycle Sun in 1960, when I was studying at Oxford. Dedicated to Wilfrid Mellers and his first wife, Peggy, it was first performed at the Attingham Park Summer School, Shropshire, in the same year.

A setting of poems by D H Lawrence, the work tells of a journey from a desolate place to a place of everlasting light. It consists of three motivically-related songs: Into the Sea, Tropic and Sun in Me. At the time of writing it, I was very much influenced by Lawrence's ideas concerning the sun as both life-giver and destroyer. I related these to my own experience as an Australian and the song cycle is a precursor of my orchestral series, Sun Music.

Late in 1960, I withdrew the work, feeling that the final song failed to mirror the emotions contained in the poem. In the following year I was inspired to rewrite the song. I used a wordless setting of it at the end of Irkanda IV, for solo violin, strings and percussion, a work written in memory of my father. I have now incorporated this into the song cycle itself, revising the whole work in 2009.

Reflecting the text, the work tells of a journey from a dark place to a place of everlasting light. In arranging it for baritone and piano, I was able to make a particularly strong statement.

Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Faber Music) — 1 score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 10 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

I. Into the sea -- II. Tropic -- III. Sun in Me.

Commissioned by Alan Hicks.

First performance by Mina Kanaridis, Alan Hicks at Sun in Me - a portrait concert for Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday (National Portrait Gallery) on 7 May 2009

Includes programme notes and copy of text.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Nov 10.

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