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Dust on a butterfly's wing : song cycle

by Richard Charlton (1993)

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Dust on a butterfly's wing




Dust on a butterfly's wing : song cycle, 7 songs for voice & guitar / Richard Charlton

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Work Overview

The texts for the song cycle Dust on a Butterfly's Wing were selected from seven poems by the Australian poet Minnie Agnes Filson, better known as 'Rickety Kate'. Born in 1898 this remarkable Australian woman was an accomplished pianist, singer and dancer until she was struck down by rheumatoid arthritis early in her life. Yet her creativity continued in poetry. 'Rickety Kate' died in 1971 and it was her daughter-in-law Edda Filson who first introduced me to her work. She is mainly remembered to for her collection "Rhymes & Whimsies".

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Voice (mezzo-soprano), guitar.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: Wind -- Challenge -- Bounty -- Wild flowers -- Moon-track -- Affinity -- Victors.

Dedication note: For Edda Filson

Commission note: Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of Sydney radio station 2MBS-FM, for whom Edda Filson then worked as programmer and announcer


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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
Song 7 Victors This song comes in two versions, the original for voice and guitar and a reworked version for voice and piano. I love the mixture of recitative like  sections and lyric tunes. There are some very special chord changes. The vocal part is basically triadic, many rising fourths and fifths, the range is just under an octave (E4-D#5) so it is accessible for a wide range of singers ranging from mid-adolescents to the mature aged.
Wendy Dixon