The dark, the light : a long song for voice and piano
by Diana Blom (1997)
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Library shelf no. 783.2542/BLO 2 [Available for loan]
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.
Instrumentation: Voice, piano.
Duration: 11 min.
Written for: Marianne Powles
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).
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