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Catch 75 : for voice and ensemble

by Ann Carr-Boyd (1975)

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Performance by Diana Weston, Thoroughbass from the CD Flying west

Catch 75


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Catch 75 : for voice and ensemble / Ann Carr-Boyd.

Library shelf no. 783.6654/CAR 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Catch 75 was commissioned by Musica Viva Australia for the chamber music ensemble Catch 75, later renamed The Consort of Sydney. The Consort of Sydney toured extensively for Musica Viva in Australia and Europe. The Director was Robert Goode and the artists who performed with Robert included Amanda Thane, Gregory Pikler, David Pereira, Howard Oberg and Margaret Crawford. Catch 75 was one of the key works
featured in the programs of the Consort and one of several composed for the ensemble by Ann.
The work was named after the group, with the word 'catch' meaning 'song'. The composer writes - I wished the work to have an Australian flavour, although it does not refer directly to any particular work by an aboriginal or white Australian. Rather, there is a mix of aboriginal and European instruments using techniques from both traditions and reflecting music of both traditions. I spent many hours listening to the large collection of music made by Dr Alice Moyle on her many visits to northern Australia, in order to make myself better acquainted with aboriginal music.

Work Details

Year: 1975

Instrumentation: Soprano, recorder (or flute), cello, harpsichord, 2 pairs of Aboriginal beating sticks (to be played by the singer and harpsichordist).

Duration: 9 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.


Performances of this work

10 May 2015: at Flying West (The Rose Room). Featuring Thoroughbass.

9 May 2015: at Flying West (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

19 Apr 2015: at Flying West (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

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