Birthday of my life
by Andrew Ford (2001)
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This song is extracted from the song cycle 'Learning to Howl', for soprano, soprano saxophone (clarinet/bass clarinet), harp and percussion.
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My favourite Australian art song repertoire
Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 July, 2013
The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
Familiar Christina Rossetti poem set by other composers. Good for establishing emotional breath connection, despite the fairly transparent texture. Range requires a high voice. Set for harp which can be substituted by piano.
Technically this song is for high voice and harp, but it works pretty well with piano also. It is set in dorian mode and sung over a D drone so it is excellent for helping any singer to achieve secure pitch with accurate intervallic work. I also love the tune and words which are particularly well set. The phrases are broad ranging, often spanning an octave and requiring a constant legato.