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Lullaby : for mezzo-soprano and piano

by Lisa Cheney (2006)

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Performance by Rebecca Duncan, Lisa Cheney from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 27.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 27.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 27.

Library shelf no. CD 2392 [Available for loan]



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Lullaby : for mezzo-soprano and piano / Lisa Cheney.

Library shelf no. 783.67542/CHE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Lullaby is an evocative lullaby sung by a mother to her child as she soothes him or her to sleep. The lyrical mezzo-soprano line is not the exhausted pleading cry of a mother at her wits end, rather a loving and expressive song that asks the performers to take their time to connect with the music and text. The sparse piano accompaniment allows the music time to breathe and gradually fades away as the child drifts off to sleep, comforted by the lilting accompaniment, a mother's voice and the images of "rich green fields with girls and boys, bright coloured butterflies and so many toys". Lullaby offers the performer an opportunity to explore different ways in which to enhance the emotive, expressive and storytelling nature of the work through variations in timing, tone and dynamics to effectively convey the love of a mother as she soothes her child to sleep.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Difficulty considerations include intonation and a large vocal leap.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Otto Duncan

First performance: by Rebecca Duncan, Lisa Cheney — 8 Oct 06. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2006 Keys National Festival for Australian Music 1st place, Intermediate Composition Section Lisa Cheney

Performances of this work

11 Sep 2015: at Pointe, Line & Surface (Clocktower Centre).

27 Oct 13: All Saints Anglican Church, Ainsle, ACT. Featuring Nadia Piave, Sally Whitwell.

10 Mar 12: Wynnum Municipal Hall, Bay Terrace, Qld. Featuring Elizabeth Lewis, John Woods.

11 Oct 06: Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Rebecca Duncan, Lisa Cheney.

8 Oct 06: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Featuring Rebecca Duncan, Lisa Cheney.

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