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Whales weep not!

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Whales weep not! : a tone poem for chamber choir, marimba and crotales based on the poetry by D.H. Lawrence / Becky Llewellyn.

by Becky Llewellyn (1995)

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  • Instrumentation: SATB choir, marimba, crotales.
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    Performance by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz from the CD Milerum's basket


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Southern right whales have been quietly and wonderfully returning to Australian shores. These giant creatures bring us back to our mammalian roots, the warm-blooded milky world of our beginnings. In this piece, I have tried to evoke a dreamy half-remembered world using D.H. Lawrence's poem of the same name, where the boundaries between human and whale sounds is ambiguous as are the voices and marimba and crotales, all intermingling.

Pages: 1 score (50p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 14 min.

Dedication note: to Brenton Langbein, director of the Barossa Music Festival.
Commission info: Carl Crossin, Director, Adelaide Chamber Singers.

First performance by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz — Oct 95. Peter Lehmann Winery Wool Shed - Tandunda Barossa Valley, South Australia

Includes text of poem and programme notes.

Winner of 1996 Sounds Australian Award, State Award South Australia for Best Composition by an Australian Composer Track 14 of Move Records release: Milerum's Basket - music by Becky Llewellyn.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

This edition produced Apr 96.

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Whales weep not!
MP3: Whales weep not! / Becky Llewellyn ; performed by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz


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