Losing the plot
by Paul Stanhope (2005)
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Losing the Plot is a collection of songs for children's voices and piano with texts by Michael Leunig. They were written as a follow up to my earlier cycle of Leunig pieces called Songs of Innocence and Joy for treble voices and chamber orchestra.
The first of these pieces, Talking to My Shoe was commissioned and premiered by the Sydney Children's Choir as part of their 15th anniversary in 2004. The remaining three songs in the cycle were commissioned by the Network of Treble Ensembles (NoTE) which includes Brisbane Biralee Voices, Gondwana Voices, Young Adelaide Voices and Young Voices of Melbourne. All the songs in this set are tinged with an exuberant sense of the absurd, but as usual with Leunig's texts, there are many layers of meaning and often twists in the tale. Like many poets before him, Leunig uses nonsense to speak truths that are deeper than they might seem on first appearances.
The advanced version has divisi in up to three parts; a second intermediate version with more unison lines and fewer divisi is also available.
Duration: 11 min.
Performances of this work
Jan 06: Melbourne. Featuring Sydney Children's Choir.
Sep 04: Sydney. Featuring Sydney Children's Choir.
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