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The Cry : mezzo-soprano voice with piano

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974)

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The cry : voice and piano / Betty Beath ; words by Amano Tadashi.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/BEA 4 [Available for loan]

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In the Carnarvon Ranges / Betty Beath, David Cox.

Version: This product features the Chamber orchestra with solo voice(s) version of this work

Library shelf no. 783.2542/BEA 6 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The Cry is a setting of a poem by Japanese poet Kajima Shozo trnaslated by Jarry and Lyn Guest. I originally set the work for solo voice and chamber orchestra: the first in a cycle of four songs under the title Riddles (1974).

The following is an excerpt from the poem which I found very appealing:

"Once in the grass there lived a nervous insect, the tiniest creature in the whole wide world. H'd been afraid of the wind all his life and so, to get away from it, he dug a hole, sweating and panting. It took a year to do...."

I revised this work for medium range solo voice and piano in 2005 and believe it can well stand alone as a solo song for either female or male voice.

I selected the poem (in 1974) from a Penguin Books publication Post-war Japanese Poetry and was granted permission to set the text by both the publisher and the poet Kajima Shozo.

Work Details

Year: 1974

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

First performance: by Janet Delpratt, Regis Danillon — 26 Sep 75. ABC

The Cry text is a poem from 'Post-war Japanese poetry'.


Performances of this work

Unknown date: One of three songs presented by the International Society for Contemporary Music. Featuring Janet Delpratt.

26 Sep 75: ABC. Featuring Janet Delpratt, Regis Danillon.

9 Aug 74: Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Mayne Hall, University of Queensland. Featuring Gregory Massingham, Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Josef Aronoff.

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