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The library : tenor and piano

by Diana Blom and Peter Goldsworthy (1996)

Songs by Diana Blom.


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Songs by Diana Blom.

Library shelf no. CD 2799 [Not for loan]



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The library : tenor and piano / Diana Blom ; text by Peter Goldsworthy.

Library shelf no. 783.87542/BLO 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Peter Goldsworthy's novel, Maestro (1989), tells of the search, by a teenage boy from Darwin, for information about the past of his elderly Viennese piano teacher, Herr Keller. The story follows the search through to the stack shelves of the Barr-Smith Library at Adelaide University where the chosen text and the events for the library episode take place.
Written for Brett Weymark's animated performance persona and clear diction, The Library gives both singer and pianist opportunities for evocative story-telling through recitative and song styles allowing the singing and telling of the story maximum flexibility and mobility. There are melodic and harmonic motives linking places and
actions of the story within an overall musical arch shape.
Brett Weymark gave the first Australian performance and Kevin Hanrahan the first in the USA.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: Tenor voice, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Brett Weymark

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