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Folk songs '76 : for voice and ensemble

by Ann Carr-Boyd (1976)

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Performance by Diana Weston, Thoroughbass from the CD Flying west

Folk songs '76


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Folk songs '76 : for voice and ensemble / Ann Carr-Boyd.

Library shelf no. 783.6542/CAR 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Folk Songs 76 were arranged for the Consort of Sydney in 1976. Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia, they were designed to display the many different musical colours and moods of the Consort during their tours for Musica Viva in Australia and Europe. I researched volumes of folk songs and chose those which appealed to me and would suit the Consort, which consisted of soprano voice; flute/recorder; guitar; cello; harpsichord and small percussion.
In this publication of folk songs from France, Mongolia, Greece and Canada, there is scope to substitute instruments. Flute can be exchanged for recorder and viola could possibly be used instead of cello. Percussion instruments are of a variety easy to find - tambourine, small bell and drum - and in Kharchin a keyboard with chimes available can be substituted successfully for chimes.

Work Details

Year: 1976

Instrumentation: Soprano or alto voice, recorder/flute, guitar, piano/harpsichord, cello, percussion (accompaniment varies between songs).

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Argizagi ederra  -- 2. O Dieu d'amour -- 3. Yees merrmingas ma pandicksay -- 4. Otan mou ipen ehe yian -- 5. Ma ti to theli mana sou -- 6. Kharchin -- 7. Life in a prairie shack.

Commission note: Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.

The ensemble Catch 76 was later renamed The Sydney Consort.


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.

27 Jul 2014: at Flying West (Farnborough House). Featuring Thoroughbass.

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