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Maninya I : for voice and cello

by Ross Edwards (1981)

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Performance by Hartley Newnham, Nicholas Routley from the CD hermit of green light.

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Maninya I : for voice & cello / Ross Edwards

Library shelf no. Q 783.254/EDW 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1981

Instrumentation: Countertenor or mezzo-soprano voice, violoncello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Hartley Newnham

Commission note: Commissioned by Hartley Newnham.

First performance: by Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake — 1981. Ballarat Art Gallery

Performances of this work

Unknown date: featuring Susan Blake, Petra String Quartet, Hartley Newnham.

2 Aug 2015: at Cushion Concert at CHIME (CHIME Music College). Featuring Wendy Dixon, Ben Hoadley.

13 Jun 2015: at A Rhythm that Dances (Recital Hall East). Featuring Jenny Duck-Chong, Geoffrey Gartner.

18 Feb 2014: at Halcyon (Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School (Ashfield)). Featuring Halcyon.

16 May 2011: at Where the Heart Is (Melba Hall). Featuring Halcyon.

13 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Carriageworks). Featuring Halcyon.

7 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Halcyon.

1981: Ballarat Art Gallery. Featuring Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake.

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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.
The Maninya settings (I for voice and cello, V & VI for voice and piano) are wonderful for a lower voice with a good rhythmic sense.  His new song cycle Five Senses, on poetry of Judith Wright I hope too will become a classic.
Jenny Duck-Chong

The distinctive rhythmic and melodic world explored for the first time in this work went on to became important in a number of Edwards’s compositions, so it is highly recommended that advanced students get inside this major work by this major Australian composer. Made up primarily of a series of fast, short, repeated and varied motifs, and an invented language inspired by environmental sounds, the work requires solid work to learn the rhythmic and melodic patterns and new vocabulary, but is well worth the effort. The singer needs to work closely with the cellist to achieve the tight ensemble, rhythmic accuracy, stamina, and total security with the form of this extended piece, that are required for a successful performance. Once learnt, this piece can provide a haunting, exhilarating highlight in a program. There is an excellent recording by the singer who premiered the work (Hartley Newnham) on the CD Hermit of Green Light.
Jeannie Marsh