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These men : a song cycle to commemorate the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign by ANZAC forces

by Ross Fiddes (2014)

Work Overview

Written to 7 poems of the late Leon Gellert (1892-1977), who was a Lance-Sergeant of the 10th Battalion, landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
There is a separate 2-3 minute Postlude (probably only suitable for a male singer) - 'The Husband'. The cycle traverses scenes and emotions of the campaign from the landing, through battle, to the leaving when the sore is empty save for the dead.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: High voice, piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Wide-ranging vocals, good technical proficiency, demanding musically & vocal stamina

Contents note: The Attack At Dawn -- The Rendezvous -- These Men -- Sights -- Armageddon -- The Cross -- The Last To Leave -- The Husband (postlude to the cycle).

Commission note: Commissioned and written for Ayse Goknur Shanal

First performance: by Ayse Gӧknur Shanal, Patrick Keith — 9 Apr 16. Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney

The composer notes: The style is by turns dramatic and lyrical. It is also essentially melody driven. The work is sung-through for the entire 16 minutes, but each poem sits individually from the others connected by short codas and/or introductions from the piano.


Performances of this work

9 Apr 16: Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney. Featuring Ayse Gӧknur Shanal, Patrick Keith.

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