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War letters

CD

War letters : new music commemorating WWI / Halcyon.

  • Published by Wirripang — 2016 [Wirr 074] — 1 CD (56 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.
  • Library Availability: CD 2798 — Available for loan

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This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

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  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Triptych (war letters) (2015) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, viola, percussion, piano
Recorded/performed at: Performance Space, Western Sydney University, on Nov 15.
Diana Blom Halcyon, Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong, Clive Birch, James Wannan, Kaylie Dunstan, Jo Allan 11 mins, 52 sec.
Un poilu Australien (2015) — duos: mezzo-soprano, bass with chamber ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Performance Space, Western Sydney University, on Nov 15.
Elliott Gyger Halcyon, Jenny Duck-Chong, Clive Birch, James Wannan, Kaylie Dunstan, Jo Allan, Geoffrey Gartner 20 mins, 17 sec.
'Dearest mother...' (2015) for soprano with ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Performance Space, Western Sydney University, on Nov 15.
Nicole Murphy Halcyon, Alison Morgan, James Wannan, Jo Allan 13 mins, 51 sec.
Letter from the trenches (2015) for mezzo-soprano, viola, percussion and piano
Recorded/performed at: Performance Space, Western Sydney University, on Nov 16.
Larry Sitsky Halcyon, Jenny Duck-Chong, James Wannan, Kaylie Dunstan, Jo Allan 9 mins, 50 sec.

Product details

Works by Elliot Gyger, Nicole Murphy, Larry Sitsky and Diana Blom and performed by Halcyon: Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Clive Birch bass, James Wannan viola, Kaylie Dunstan percussion, Jo Allan piano and Geoffrey Gartner conductor (tracks 1-5).

One doesn't have to dig too deeply to find that many people have a family connection to WWI, with stories of relatives who returned safely ... or did not. Four Australian composers, representing four generations, were commissioned to set letters from WWI for new music ensemble Halcyon. The thoughts, reflections and feelings expressed in these personal letters are as fresh today as they were 100 years ago. War Letters brings into focus the day to day experiences of the men and women taken up by war. From these personal memories we can reflect on the enormous impact the war, as it continues in our present lives, and truly empathise with those individuals who are speaking to us from both the past and the present.

Duration: 56 min.

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