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The dark, the light : a long song for voice and piano

by Diana Blom (1997)

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Performance by Lotte Latukefu, Diana Blom from the CD Songs by Diana Blom.

Songs by Diana Blom.

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Songs by Diana Blom.

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The dark, the light : a long song for voice and piano / Diana Blom ; [words by] Helen Garner.

Library shelf no. 783.2542/BLO 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Helen Garner is a very fine and evocative Australian short story writer and 'The Dark, the Light', from Postcards from Surfers (Penguin 1985), while shorter than most, is full of nuances that invite a musical setting. I set the short story as a long song to perform with Marianne Powlles (contralto) at the Australian Women's Music Festival, 30 September, 1997, held at the University of Sydney. Marianne's low, rich contralto shaped the range of the setting. Almost a music theatre work in miniature because of the different musical styles matching different text moods, the song can be sung by memory, but also with the score held as if reading the story to an audience.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Voice, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Marianne Powles

First performance: by Diana Blom, Marianne Powles — 30 Sep 97. Australian Women’s Music Festival, University of Sydney

Performances of this work

21 Oct 2011: at The Dark, the Light - contemporary Australian and American art songs (Wollongong Conservatorium of Music).

20 Oct 2011: at The Dark, the Light - contemporary Australian and American art songs (Performance space, University of Western Sydney).

30 Sep 97: Australian Women’s Music Festival, University of Sydney. Featuring Diana Blom, Marianne Powles.

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