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Sheet Music: Score

The cry : voice and piano / Betty Beath ; words by Amano Tadashi.

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974)


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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 (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

First performance by Janet Delpratt, Regis Danillon — 26 Sep 75. ABC

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Jul 05.

ISMN: M-67300-895-3

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Soprano with chamber orchestra
- Vocal duos
- Chamber orchestra with solo voice(s)


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