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Birthday of my life : for high voice and harp

by Andrew Ford (2001)

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Performance by Jane Sheldon, Genevieve Lang from the CD Learning to howl

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Learning to howl / music by Andrew Ford.

Library shelf no. CD 2446 [Not for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: High voice, harp.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: To Kristiina and Magnus

This song is extracted from the song cycle 'Learning to Howl', for soprano, soprano saxophone (clarinet/bass clarinet), harp and percussion.

Performances of this work

14 Nov 2015: at AWO Southern Highlands Chamber Music Festival (The Robertson Hotel (aka Ranelagh House)). Featuring Australian World Orchestra.

15 May 2015: at Celebrating Marshall McGuire’s Birthday (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Genevieve Lacey, Marshall McGuire.

4 May 2013: at Hausmusik: Roger Benedict and Daryl Pratt ('Sassafras'). Featuring Daryl Pratt, Roger Benedict, Daryl Pratt.

6 Apr 12: featuring Marshall McGuire, Jessica Aszodi.

2 Apr 2010: at Four Winds Festival (Natural Amphitheatre, Bermagui). Featuring Marshall McGuire, Jessica Aszodi.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 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.
Familiar Christina Rossetti poem set by other composers. Good for establishing emotional breath connection, despite the fairly transparent texture. Range requires a high voice. Set for harp which can be substituted by piano.
Adele Nisbet
Technically this song is for high voice and harp, but it works pretty well with piano also. It is set in dorian mode and sung over a D drone so it is excellent for helping any singer to achieve secure pitch with accurate intervallic work. I also love the tune and words which are particularly well set. The phrases are broad ranging, often spanning an octave and requiring a constant legato.
Wendy Dixon