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Child in nature : for soprano and piano

by Nigel Butterley (1957)

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Performance by Gerald English, Nigel Butterley from the CD There came a wind like a bugle

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Australian song cycles : volume one / Wendy Dixon, David Miller

Library shelf no. CD 2132 [Not for loan]

Child in nature


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Child in nature : for soprano and piano / music by Nigel Butterley ; words by Robin Gurr.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/BUT 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1957

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: The child -- The bird -- Brown Jack -- Spider's web -- The cricket -- The wind and the song -- A dark glow about me.


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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
Excellent marriage of poetic and musical colours and character. Moderate to Advanced musical and technical challenge for a high soprano.
Rowena Cowley
This cycle of seven songs  allows the soprano to explore aspects of her register for dramatic purposes (‘The bird’),  ornamentation to mimic the emphatic rhythms of insects (‘The cricket’),  sing legato lines (‘The wind and the song’) and explore specific colours of the voice along with a range of rhythmic features (‘Brown Jack’).
Cathy Aggett