Snapshots : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble
by Betty Beath (2008)
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Snapshots was commissioned by The Southern Cross Soloists to reflect on Snapshots, a poem from a cycle of twenty-three poems titled Smoke Encrypted Whispers by Brisbane based writer Samuel Wagan Watson. The brief was to write a one hundred second interlude between the poem Snapshots and the concluding poem Aunty Grey Smoke. Snapshots was part of a collective work presented in the MUSIC AND WORDS series programmed and performed by the Southern Cross Soloists with readings of the poems by the poet. Twenty-three Brisbane composers were commissioned to write interludes between each of the twenty-three poems.
Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet in B flat, horn in F, bassoon, percussion (1 player, Aboriginal sticks), voice (vocalise in part of the work only), piano.
Duration: 2 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 8
Commission note: Commissioned by Southern Cross Soloists.. Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series
First performance: by Southern Cross Soloists — Nov 08. State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Influenced by the images Samuel Wagan Watson draws in his text 'Snapshots', a poem extracted from his book Smoke Encrypted Whispers.
- Influenced by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
Nov 08: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. Featuring Southern Cross Soloists.
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