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Cityscape : soprano with ensemble

by Anne Cawrse (2008)



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Cityscape / Anne Cawrse

Library shelf no. 783.6654/CAW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The premise given to me for my commission for Musica da Camera was to work with the theme of cities, incorporating four cities which feature prominently in the history of Baroque music- London, Rome, Paris and Hamburg. I decided quite early on not to attempt to fashion the ensemble into an industrial noise-making machine, but rather let the four cities guide my choice of text, and then allow the text to further guide the structure and sound of the music. The resultant work is part song cycle, part modern-day suite; a series of images played 'attacca', each with their own view of a city.

There is no intention for the music to reflect each of the specified cities- only to convey various images or snapshots of what a city can evoke- a home; an industrial hub; a foreign or familiar landscape; a place of refuge or of hardship; a forgotten horde of memories; a place of helplessness, of joy, or of power.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Soprano solo, Baroque flute (or recorder), harpsichord (or piano), cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Baroque with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Musica da Camera — 19 Oct 08. Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Texts taken from poems by Sara Teasdale, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde, Goethe and Kipling.

Performances of this work

19 Oct 08: Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.. Featuring Musica da Camera.

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