Lost in a long dream : settings of five poems for SATB choir
by Philip Bracanin (1986)
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Lost in a long dream : settings of five poems for SATB choir / Philip Bracanin ; poetry: Douglas Stewart.
Library shelf no. 782.55547/BRA 2 [Available for loan]
In commissioning a short choral work from me, Dr. Roy Wales asked especially for a setting of Australian poetry with unmistakeably Australian flavour. The resulting work Lost in a Long Dream is a cycle of five poems taken from the set of twenty-one entitled On the Birdsville Track, by Australian poet Douglas Stewart.
Throughout the cycle, two principal guidelines were observed with
the setting to music of the poetry. Namely, the achievement of
the most lucid presentation of the text possible while reflecting
the general mood of each poem through harmonic and textural
means. For example, in the fourth piece "The Seaweeds", the
opening line "Not in our time but lost in a Long Dream" is set in
whole-tone harmonisation in an attempt to capture the "timeless"
quality of dreaming, while at the same time conveying the languid
movement of seaweeds gently persuaded into motion by the seas
omnipotent presence. In other instances, specific word painting
is undertaken. "World's End", the first poem begins "Bright and
golden and hard…" for which chordal statements have been
appropriated to reflect each of the three descriptive words.
© 2001 Philip Bracanin
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.
Duration: 6 min.
Contents note: World's end -- Place names -- Lizard -- The seaweeds -- Birdsville.
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