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Remembering Babylon : for tenor and piano

by Diana Blom (1997)

Remembering Babylon


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Remembering Babylon : for tenor and piano / Diana Blom ; text by David Malouf.

Library shelf no. 783.87547/BLO 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The four songs of Remembering Babylon were written for Sydney tenor, Brett Weymark, who gave the first performance in 1997.

The texts for the four songs are from David Malouf's novel of "human differences and eternal divisions", Remembering Babylon, published in 1993. Each song focuses on a different character or aspect of a character in the story. Gemmy Fairley, the boy washed ashore in northern Australia and taken in by aborigines, is portrayed in his divided role in Found in the sea and Spirits. The Schoolmaster is George Abbot, a young man in his late teens trying to teach the rough and over-worked children of the settlement. Jock's Question posed to his wife of many years, is an affirmation of love. It is Jock McIvor, a farmer originally from Scotland, who takes Gemmy into his care.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Tenor voice, piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Found in the sea -- Spirits -- The Schoolmaster -- Jock’s Question.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Brett Weymark, Brett Weymark

First performance: by Brett Weymark, Diana Blom — 1997. Great Hall, University of Sydney.


Performances of this work

27 Jun 09.

27 Jun 2009: at Art of Australian Song II (Kincoppal - Rose Bay).

1997: Great Hall, University of Sydney. . Featuring Brett Weymark, Diana Blom.

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