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Sprig of thyme : mixed choir with chamber ensemble

by Percy Grainger

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Performance by Della Jones, Penelope Thwaites from the CD Songs for mezzo.

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Recital : Australian art song / Merlyn Quaife: soprano, Michael Kieran Harvey: piano.

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Library shelf no. CD 916 [Available for loan]

Seven Lincolnshire folk songs

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Instrumentation: Two-part mixed choir, percussion, piano.

Performances of this work

6 Aug 2011: at Festival Farewell! (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Louise Page, Phillipa Candy.

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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 first solo song I learnt by an Australian composer was Percy Grainger’s setting of ‘The Sprig of Thyme’. My thirteen-year-old-self loved digging into the hearty melody while ‘shocking’ my audience (and myself) with the unpredictable rhythms. Learning to tell a story, while expressively manipulating timbre and dynamics at the same time as counting steadily enough to sing the rhythms was a useful exercise for me as a young singer. I don’t think I succeeded very well at the time, but it taught me skills that would become invaluable later on.Jessica Aszodi