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Work

The Song of Tailitnama

by Peter Sculthorpe (1974)

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Performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart, Kirsti Harms from the CD Sculthorpe

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Parts

The song of Tailitnama : for voice, six cellos and percussion / Peter Sculthorpe.

Soprano with chamber ensemble Not for loan $18.18 Add to cart

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The song of Tailitnama : for soprano, six cellos and percussion / Peter Sculthorpe

Soprano with chamber ensemble Available for loan $21.82 Add to cart

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The song of Tailitnama : arr. for counter-tenor and piano / Peter Sculthorpe

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The song of Tailitnama : arr. for medium voice and piano / Peter Sculthorpe

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The song of Tailitnama : for soprano and piano / Peter Sculthorpe

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CD

Anthology of Australian music : Campbell, Fogg.

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CD

Peter Sculthorpe, 1929-2014 : the ABC recordings.

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CD

Madrugada : music from Latin America and Australia.

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CD

Anthology of Australian song. Volume one. [Banquo's buried].

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CD

Sculthorpe / Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart.

Mezzo-Soprano with piano Available for loan Out of Print  

Work Details

Year: 1974

Duration: 11 min.

Text from Central Australian Aboriginal rock wallaby song.

Text from the Northern Aranda poem: The song of Tailitnama, translated by T.G.H. Strehlow.

Analysis

Article: Scored in black and white
by Gordon Kalton Williams — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 14 April 2005, pp.14

Resonate article: Narrating the Early Music of Ross Edwards by Andrew Robbie

Subjects

Performances of this work

17 May 2012: at Bachianas Brasileiras (Gallery of Australian Design).

11 May 12: Various venues in Canberra, ACT

11 May 12: Various venues in Canberra, ACT

6 May 74: featuring John Hopkins, Halina Nieckarz.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 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.
The Song of Tailitnama (original version for soprano, 8 cellos, 2 percussion; arrangements available for mezzo-soprano with piano accompaniment – arranged by the composer, or classical guitar – arranged by Ken Murray; 8.5 mins) The distinctive material explored for the first time in this work went on to become important in a number of Sculthorpe’s compositions, so it is highly recommended that advanced students get inside this major work by this major Australian composer. Alternating slow, wordless, dramatic sections, with driving, rhythmic sections setting an Aboriginal text, this work is a substantial addition to a vocal program. The main challenge for the singer lies in switching between the contrasting vocal range and vocal demands of the alternating sections (high and sustained in the slow sections, low and punchy in the fast sections). The singer needs to work closely with the guitarist or pianist to achieve the tight ensemble, rhythmic accuracy, stamina, and total security with the form of this extended piece, that are required for a successful performance. A strong, dramatic vocal quality is needed for this work.
Jeannie Marsh