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To whomever finds this note : SATB choir with piano

by Andrew Anderson (2010)

To whomever finds this note

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To whomever finds this note / Andrew Anderson.

Library shelf no. 782.5542/AND 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In 1978, in a Guyanese commune informally known as 'Jonestown', attempts by the People's Temple religious organisation to combat racism and poverty culminated in the shocking mass suicide of over 900 members. A plea to understand the complexity of this event was made in an anonymous note left on the day of the suicide, and it is from the eight handwritten pages of this message that Anderson's text, To Whomever Finds this Note, is drawn. Only in the final line of this text does the word 'Jonestown' - with all its associated preconceptions - appear, sung by a solo soprano against the wordless voices of her companions.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: SSAATBB choir, piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by The Consort of Melbourne.

First performance: by Consort of Melbourne, Brenna Wee, Jonathan Grieves-Smith at To Whomever Finds This Note (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre) on 20 Sep 2012

Performances of this work

20 Sep 2012: at To Whomever Finds This Note (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Consort of Melbourne, Brenna Wee, Jonathan Grieves-Smith.

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